5/5/18

Overboard - 2018

Back in 1987, my granddaughter convinced me to see a romantic comedy called "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. To my delight, I loved it. (Its not Art, it's Entertainment!)

I was a bit skeptical when I saw plans for a remake until I saw who was in it: Anna Faris ("Mom") and Eugenio Derbez ("Under the Same Moon" which I recommend and "Instructions Not Included" which I HIGHLY recommend). Director Rob Greenberg ("How I Met Your Dad") has taken the update and offers us another chance to see a spoiled, entitled snob get some well-deserved comeuppance and learn the satisfaction of a job well done.

Part of Greenberg's cast:
  • Eugenio Derbez ("How to Be a Latin Lover") is Leonardo, learning some facts of life the hard way. He admires Speedy Gonzalez and has never held a job....
  • Anna Faris ("Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs") Kate is a single mom, stretched beyond reason, so when she grabs an unreasonable solution, we can scarcely blame her. She needs time to study for her tests to become a nurse.
  • Swoosie Kurtz ("The Dangerous Book for Boys") Grace planned to babysit her three granddaughters but the Eugene theatre needs someone to step in and her audition was pretty good....
  • John Hannah ("Agents of Shield") Colin is a loyal butler and an observant employee. (He has the role Roddy McDowell played in the original.)
  • Eva Longoria ("Jane the Virgin") Every woman needs a friend and co-worker like Teresa, she has the BEST ideas.
  • Cecilia Suarez ("El Cesar") Magdalena sees her brother's disappearance at sea as her best chance to take over the family business.
  • Maria TreviƱo ("Club of Crows") Sofia is a third-rate musician, but her heart is in the right place. She doesn't want her self-serving sister to take over the family's multi-billion dollar business.
This is a silly, nonsensical outing, rated PG-13, and I love it. Although there is some profanity, you will see no vehicular mayhem, hear no gunshots, and you will see a rude, officious jerk learn some humanity. Many of the scenes are line for line duplicates of the 1987 original, in fact the story takes place in Elk Cove again and some of the locals remember an earlier case of amnesia ("in the 80s") that seems similar... ...smile...

I've watched Eugenio Derbez since 2007, but he was a well-established star in Mexico before he took a shot at the American market. His English is remarkable and he is more than willing to subject himself to situations where his character is humbled or humiliated. I look forward to his next effort, he hasn't let me down so far.
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Here is a trailer:
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