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May 11, 2018

Overboard (2018) --- “A Riches To Rags Kind Of Story, If Only ‘Prince Charming’ Could Remember It. Watch What Happens Next”

Plot Summary
Leonardo, a selfishly rich playboy, falls off his yacht and wakes up to find himself in the hospital with amnesia. Seeking retribution for all the times Leonardo treated her poorly, one of his employees, Kate, decides to retrieve him from the hospital and convince him he's her husband. As a single mother to three daughters and struggling to make ends meet, Kate could use a little help around the house. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Helmed by debut director Rob Greenberg; written by Leslie Dixon, Bob Fisher, and Greenberg; and stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, and Mel Rodriguez. Overboard (2018) is a remake of the 1987 romantic comedy by Gary Marshall, and starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

     Writers Leslie Dixon (Overboard ‘87), Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Greenberg (How I Met You Mother) did a great job with the story. Coming from someone who loves the original, I can safely say that I also love this film. The story follows the basic plot of the original film and acknowledges the 1987 version in a charming way. But it also provides a fresher story by swapping the genders of the two main characters. It’s hilarious, a bit spicy, and heartfelt film that is a great change from the sarcastic and mean-spirited comedies.
     Director Greenberg did an amazing job with the cast. Anna Faris (Mom; House Bunny) and Eugenio Derbez (How to Be a Latin Lover) are great comic actors who have great chemistry together; this is some of their best work. Anna Faris takes over Kurt Russell's role as a single parent trying to pay the bills, raise her kids, and still manage to pass her nursing test. But she updates the role by being eccentric, witty, and adequately portrays the hardships of a lower class single parent who just is trying to get by and could use all the help she can get. Eugenio Derbez is even better than Goldie Hawn as the rich heir who is so removed from reality that he cannot even imagine what it means to truly work. I enjoyed the fact that they made great us of his Latino roots as a good portion of the film was in Spanish. Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Mel Rodriguez (Last Man on Earth) add more flavor to the supporting cast as Kate’s (Faris) friends Theresa and Bobby. The rest of the supporting cast was also very good.

     Overall, Overboard (2018) is a thoroughly enjoyable film that stays true to the original 1987 version starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. But it also manages to stand on its own. The gender-swap of the main characters is the highlight of the film. Each character carries the same vibe as their original counterpart but also adds something new to the characters. I am a big fan of the original and I was not expecting to love this film just as much if not more. I believe that fans of the original should be pleased.

"This cannot be my life."
- Leo [as he stares at his reflection in the mirror]

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8.9 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  8.9 of 10 stars

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