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Fired from job and abandoned by boyfriend - can life get worse for Emily (Amy Schumer)? It can! Because the trip to South America, which she actually booked for herself and her ex as a love holiday, cannot be cancelled. And the only one who is persuaded to go is Emily's overanxious mother Linda (Goldie Hawn), who has prejudices in her luggage on her journey to supposed paradise. These are confirmed however fast, when the mother daughter team is kidnapped by the henchmen of the nasty Morgado (Oscar Jaenada). But soon the question arises for whom this is worse - for the kidnapped or perhaps for the kidnappers?
For "Mädelstrip" director Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies", "The Highligs Three Kings") was able to persuade Oscar winner Goldie Hawn to return to the screen after fifteen years of cinema retirement. At the side of Amy Schumer, currently probably the most successful US comedian, 71-year-old Hawn gives the neurotic mother to a no less neurotic loser. Together they step from one fat face to the other, only to kill their kidnappers for their brains - and sometimes even for their lives. Despite this funny premise, the film failed the critics and was also largely judged negatively by the US audience.
No question, the comedy offers many very flat gags whose foreign shame factor is frighteningly high. And yes, you would have liked Goldie Hawn to make a more dignified comeback. Still, "Girlstrip" isn't as bad as its reputation. Because when the whole thing works, it works really well. So there are some really good laughs besides the moments when you get annoyed and twist your eyes. I would even go so far as to say that a scene with the perfect interplay of what is said and the physical comedy of the moment is one of the funniest to be seen this year.
That makes it all the sadder, of course, that not the whole film has this level of gag to offer. Too often people reach into the flat Zoten box here, which actually wouldn't have been necessary to generate laughter. Because many small moments make it clear that the movie always works when it comes to either classical slapstick, or funny dialogues with some subtle humor. But then it immediately goes below the belt again and the eyes twist again.
In this respect, "Girlstrip" is not a grotesque movie, but a very frustrating one. Both Levine and his two leading actresses simply can do better. It's a pity that in the end there's so little left of all the potential that the story, the director and the actresses have to offer. Nevertheless the whole thing is still funny and entertaining enough in the end to deserve a "sight worth seeing" - even if with some cutbacks.
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