In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast — with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and coworkers. But with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?
What We Thought:
Overboard is for the group of people who don’t know it’s a remake of the 1980’s version starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. In this remake they reverse the gender roles with Eugenio Derbez playing the rich character and Anna Faris being poor. In the original it was Hawn who was rich and Russell poor. The rich character isn’t married like Hawn was in the original either. Russell has boys whereas Faris has daughters in this.
I tend to like Faris but she’s not given much to work with here. She’s a single mom of 3 daughters working two jobs delivering pizzas and cleaning. She meets Derbez’s character on his yacht because she was hired to steam clean his carpeting. They immediately don’t like each other. He’s a playboy with expensive taste, hot women and who never had to work a day in his life thanks to his family’s money.
He treats her badly and throws her off his boat. When he falls off later and has amnesia she wants her revenge and pretends that she’s his wife. She makes him work, clean and cook while she studies to become a nurse. Her three daughters join in and lie to him as does her friends. The whole movie you sit waiting for the entire thing to blow up in her face and for the happy ending to come.
That’s the worst part of the movie, everything is expected. You know he’ll get his memory back. You know she’ll get caught. You know he’ll learn life lessons working construction and taking care of the kids. There’s nothing new or original about the film. I haven’t seen the 1980’s version in years yet I can remember more about that film than I can this one and I just watched it an hour ago.
Other than the story being the same (a rich person falls overboard losing their memory and the poor person trying to take advantage of it), there aren’t many other similarities. A doctor makes reference to a rich woman having amnesia in the 1980’s (an obvious callback to Hawn), but this film lacks so much of what makes the original good.
Overboard came and went at the box office and I understand why. They did the typical Hollywood thing with remakes, reversing genders and making the male character Mexican. There is nothing new or exciting in this remake so fans of the original won’t particularly care for it. If you have never seen the 1980’s version maybe you will like this, but I just found it incredibly bland and not particularly funny.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
· “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
· “Culture Clash” Featurette
· “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette
· Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell