- Karen Krizanovich
- 18 June 2018
Daft but enjoyably escapist remake elevated by stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez
Kate (Anna Faris) is a single mom delivering pizzas and cleaning carpets. Obnoxious Mexican playboy Leonardo (Hispanic superstar Eugenio Derbez) lives on a yacht from which he ejects anyone who dares cross him. Throwing Kate and her cleaning gear overboard into an Oregon harbour seals Leonardo's future.
With Kate facing eviction after the loss of her job, she's primed for vengeance. An opportunity arises when Leo falls from the upper deck of his $60million yacht searching for condoms while drunk, ending up in hospital with temporary amnesia. And so Kate scoops him up, claiming he's her husband – that's until she can sit her nursing exam and get her life back on track. The former man about town finds himself nicknamed 'Lady Hands' by the construction crew that give him his first and only job, while he must clean, cook, take care of Kate's three daughters and sleep in the shed.
A gender / border twist on 1987's lightweight but fondly remembered Goldie Hawn / Kurt Russell vehicle, Overboard has energy and emotion yet it's also unashamedly dumb. That said, it has stayed in humble American movie theatres for weeks, proving particularly popular with Latino audiences. Like Book Club (also out this month), it's escapist fodder with a feel-good vibe. Nobody's intellect is challenged by screenwriters Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Rob Greenberg, who also directs. With dialogue occasionally lifted directly from the original and similarly shot scenes, Overboard has a comfy, familiar feeling.
If Faris and Derbez have negligible chemistry, they are such comedy pros that it somehow works. There are perky performances too from the young actresses playing Kate's daughters (Alyvia Alyn Lind, Hannah Nordberg and Payton Lepinski), while Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz lend some much-needed grit. One third of the film is in Spanish but its simple laughs speak a universal language.
Selected release from Fri 22 Jun.