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May 9, 2018

Overboard (1987) --- "Rich Heiress Gets Amnesia After Falling Off A Boat. What Happens Afterwards Will Leave You Laughing."

Plot Summary
Snobbish and wealthy Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) is living a life of leisure with her husband, Grant (Edward Herrmann), when she falls off their yacht and suffers amnesia. Grant takes the opportunity to rid himself of the demanding Joanna -- but Dean (Kurt Russell), a widowed carpenter with four kids who once worked for Joanna, arrives and claims she's his wife. Joanna can't remember her past identity, but has trouble believing that she was ever meant to be a working-class mother of four. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Directed by Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman; Princess Diaries) and starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Overboard (1987) is a classic rom-com (romantic comedy) about a rich heiress with amnesia who is coned into think that a blue-collar dad with no sense of responsibility is her husband. This is a great example of an innocent and yet trashy 80’s rom-com that will leave audiences in a good mood. The plot concept was unique and funny with a nice visual contrast between high-class and mid/low-class lifestyles. Although the story is a bit predictable this is still an entertaining and hilarious film to watch. Anyone who can appreciate talent in a good-natured comedy will find that this is a feel-good kind of film.
     The cast was great especially Goldie Hawn (Bird on a Wire) and Kurt Russell (Bird on a Wire; Guardians of the Galaxy 2) who both provide two strong and charming characters with great chemistry. Initially, Russell’s character, Dean, cons Hawn’s character, Joanne/Annie, for revenge and yet they inadvertently teach each other something new along the way. Although Goldie Hawn has played the rich girl character, she has seldom played such an obnoxious one and within the first 20 minutes, it becomes clear as to why her character is the way she is. Her mother (Katherine Helmond) consistently uses the advice of fashionable psychiatrist for everything, while her pompous and self-centered socialite husband (Edward Herrmann) leaves something to be desired. It is interesting to see the changes of Hawn and Russell’s characters from start to finish. Hawn changes from a spoiled prima donna to a down to earth and loving wife, while Russell changes from an irresponsible and immature dad to a mature and loving husband. This is one of best and most iconic performance of Hawn and Russell’s career.
     Overall, Overboard (1987) is an iconic and humorous, film from the late 80’s. There are tons of laughs, unexpected turns, and a great story-line that ends on a happy note. This is by no means the best rom-com of all time but it is still a classic and it will leave audiences in a feel-good mood, despite a hint of smarminess and some moments of trashiness that push the boundaries of its PG rating. If you are looking for a good film that is hilarious, adventurous, entertaining and has a great story then this one is for you.

"I don't belong here, I feel it, don't you think I feel it. I can't do any of these vile things and I wouldn't WANT to. Oh, my life is like death. My children are the spawn of hell, and you're the devil. Oh God."
- Annie

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  8 of 10 stars

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