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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's comedic chops elevate waterlogged material, but not even their buoyant chemistry can keep Overboard's creepy concept afloat. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Goldie Hawn
Joanna Stayton, Annie Proffitt
Kurt Russell
Dean Proffitt
Edward Herrmann
Grant Stayton III
Jared Rushton
Charlie Proffitt
Jeffrey Wiseman
Joey Proffitt
Brian Price
Travis Proffitt
Jamie Wild
Greg Proffitt
Leslie Dixon
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Roddy McDowall
Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri
Original Music
John A. Alonzo
Director of Photography
Sonny Baskin
Film Editor
Dov Hoenig
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Critic Reviews for Overboard

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  • Jan 21, 2013
    I really enjoyed this movie; it's so 80's, but that's one of the things that makes it great. Kurt Russell plays Dean, a carpenter who is also a single father to four boys. He takes on a job for Joanna, an extremely rich and ignorant woman who takes advantage of Dean's carpentry skills and decides not to pay him. Eventually, something happens to Joanna and she gets amnesia and remembers nothing about her past. Dean then calls her his wife and uses her for house chores. The beginning is a little goofy, I admit, but it becomes such a warm story of family and parenthood. Despite the ending being a little predictable, I was totally fine with it. Overall, Overboard is one of the defining movies of the 80's and still holds it's charm to this day.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2012
    Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star in the romantic comedy Overboard. The story follows a rich socialite who gets amnesia after falling off of her yacht, and is taken in by a local carpenter who convinces her that she's his wife in order to get her to take care of his kids. The story is rather predictable and formulaic, but the characters are fun and make it work. So even though Overboard is a standard family comedy, there's some heart to it that makes it enjoyable and fun to watch.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    One of the most tried and true of the screwball comedy formulas: uptown girl, downtown guy, together temporarily and hating it. 90 minutes later its wedding bells. Roll credits. Entirely dependent on the charisma of the leads. Russell and Hawn supply the goods in what only can be described as a guilty pleasure. Garry Marshall directs the predictable proceedings.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2012
    I did not buy the romance, and the plot points were so farcical this film was almost unwatchable. Is this seriously your favorite film,. Reese Witherspoon?
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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