I'll admit it: I've never seen the original Overboardwith Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. I constantly see the image of the two falling off a boat from former video stores and Netflix lineups. It's just that I think the idea of someone tricking the other into being their slave, even if it's better for the one under control, to be creepy. I don't find it romantic or that funny. Comedy works based on how relatable it is. The original movie can at least take credit for putting together a Hollywood couple that seems to be going strong today.
Now amnesia can be funny, as it's a real medical condition and can be used for a lot of storytelling advantage. How much can they remember? Are their personalities inflicted? Is it permanent? Does it unlock a part of their personality that was blocked? What about the family? How are they affected? This is why the "amnesia" plot has been used in a lot of movies and TV shows. I think my favorite was a Simpsons episode where Marge lost her memory and got it back…except for her husband. That was funny and heartwarming. In this remake of Overboard, this is treading water.
Kate (played by Anna Faris) is a single mother of three, works two jobs, and is studying to become a nurse. She has a lot on her table, considering that even her mother doesn't seem to have much interest in helping. A woman like herself probably wouldn't have much trouble finding a man, but for the sake of storytelling, I'll go with it. On the other spectrum is Leonardo (played by Eugenio Derbez), a rich womanizer who looks down on everyone…including his family and crew on his boat. These two are about as opposite as you can get.
One day, Kate is hired to clean the carpet on Leonardo's boat. When she's fired and tries to stand up for herself, he tosses the carpet cleaner into the water, leaving her with one less job and a three thousand dollar bill. At the same time, Leonardo is accidently knocked overboard. He wakes up on shore with no memory and is put in the hospital. Upon finding out he's there, Kate exacts her revenge by convincing him that their a married couple, so that he can take a job and help out while she studies for her nursing exam. Meanwhile, Leonardo's sister Theresa (played by Eva Longoria) uses his absence as a chance to take over the family business.
Even with the gender roles switched, I still find the idea of Overboardcreepy. I think what gets me is that the movie tries to reinforce that this is more charming then it really is. But taking that out, how is it on it's own? It's honestly just a passable family comedy. A lot of it comes from how it relies on old formula tricks like the jerk learning his lesson, money buys everything, and the liar revealed. It's hard to get angry at it too as their merely just old tricks and not bad ones.
If there's anything likable, it's surprisingly both Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. Anna Faris continues to be one of my favorite funny women (yep, even more so then Amy Schumer) whose not only afraid to be expressive, but got a couple of laughs out of me. Eugenio Derbez, who was in last year's How to be a Latin Lover, has proven that he can be just as confortable in the lead, even though the majority of his career has been in Mexican cinema. He did get a laugh and even some scenes that had heart.
I'll give this three carpet cleaners out of five. While I can't call this a bad comedy, it is a predictable and stale one. The problem isn't with the performers, but with the script. Not to mention that because this is almost two hours, it is about fifteen minutes too long. I'm sure that some people will enjoy this more then me. But I can't get that enthusiastic for Overboard. If your really curious, this will make a passible home rental. Maybe you'll be more overboard then I was.