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Overboard makes poor use of the ever-charming Anna Faris -- and chooses questionable source material -- to offer a remake that fails to clear the fairly low bar set by the original.



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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films presents Overboard, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on "Leonardo" (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico's richest family and "Kate" (ANNA FARIS), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo's luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work - for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new "family" and co-workers. But, with Leonardo's billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good? A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Pantelion Films of a 3Pas Studios production, Overboard is set for release on May 4, 2018.

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (26)

  • To make matters worse, the chemistry between Faris and Derbez is non-existent and makes you yearn, in a way you never thought possible, for the glory days of Hawn and Russell.

    Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • [Faris] could be a big star with the right material, perhaps something with more seriousness and pathos. Overboard isn't it.

    Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Anna Faris and Mexico's biggest star Eugenio Derbez step into Goldie and Kurt's shoes - but they can't keep this gender-reversed reboot from sinking like stone.

    May 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Suffice it to say, you'd be safer to leave this one floating without a life jacket and just renting the '87 one again.

    May 4, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Let's be real. That premise is so jacked up it's insane that Hollywood would bank on a remake.

    May 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Overboard demonstrates that not every idea deserves an encore. If the gender switch fostered some curiosity, the result is a comedy that -- even without amnesia -- would better be forgotten.

    May 4, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Overboard

  • Mar 30, 2019
    Overboard, a remake/sequel of the original '80s hit comedy, is a rather disappointing and muddled film. The story follows an overworked nursing student/single mother who decides to get back at a rich playboy for throwing her off his yacht and getting her fired by making him think that he's her husband and a low level construction worker when he washes ashore with amnesia. Unfortunately, the film's bilingual quality is a real problem, as over a third of it is in subtitles; requiring a lot of reading that gets in the way of the comedy. However, Anna Faris is really good, almost too good as she kind of outshines her co-star Eugenio Derbez. And the jokes are pretty funny, delivering a number of laughs. Yet while it's entertaining and has its moments, Overboard is a mediocre and formulaic family comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2018
    As it is probably known, this 2018 rom-com is a remake of a guilty pleasure previously done in the 1980's, only here it's done with a teeny tiny agenda. That agenda, overt inclusion of Latino culture, adds a different flavor to the mix. Everything's carefully handled so as to not put off old fans of the original all the while injecting new blood. "Not bad" is the final result. Cute more than funny.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2018
    From a parent perspective: I was overcome with emotion the moment the youngest of Anna Faris' daughters gets on her training wheel-less bike and chases down Eugenio Derbez's Leo after his memory returns and he elects to leave them. Needless to say, this was more of a response than I expected to give what seemed like little more than a corporate-mandated re-make of the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell gem that I watched countless times during my adolescence. I understand continuing the effort to turn Derbez into as much of an international pull as possible, but why re-make what is among the pinnacle of romantic comedies? Turns out there isn't really a good reason, but that 2018's Overboard is funny and charming where it counts and genuinely affecting when it matters most makes this a perfect candidate for a "movie night" rental. A well balanced meal with sweet and salty flavors that coasts off the conceit and capitalizes on the charisma of its two leads.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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