I never saw the original Overboard, but the romantic comedy centered on a wife named Joanna (Goldie Hawn) suffering from a case of amnesia after falling off her husband’s (Edward Herrmann) yacht. Using this as an opportunity to escape the bonds of marriage, the husband leaves his wife. but Dean (Kurt Russell), a widowed carpenter with four kids who once worked for Joanna, arrives and claims she’s his wife. So she ends up putting the rich life she once knew behind to live a blue collar life.
All the fun and cheesy tropes of learning how to work a regular job fall into play and there are the occasional romantic gestures. So when it was announced that there would be a gender-twist remake starring Anna Faris as the one who takes advantage of a rich playboy’s (Eugenio Derbez) amnesia, you can probably expect more of the same conceits. Check out the full trailer below.
Unfortunately, Overboard looks very cookie cutter and generic, with nothing that makes it stand out from the original film that it is based on. Sure there is the gender-bent twist, which opens itself up to the usual demeaning insults and gestures aimed at Faris’s character – even those jokes feel old and tired – but other than that, there doesn’t appear to be anything special about the remake.
And even though I haven’t seen the original film, I cannot remember, for the life of me, people asking for a remake. But maybe that is what makes this Overboard different from the other remakes. Maybe by it flying under the radar, it is going to be unexpectedly good. If that is the case, this trailer is not doing a very good job of selling us on that.
Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Swoosie Kurtz also star.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. A remake of the 1987 comedy.