‘Overboard” Returns with a New Modern Flavor

May 20, 2018

“Overboard” is a modern retelling of the original ‘80s flick of the same name, but this time with some creative liberties for the younger audience. The plot stays remarkably faithful to the original storyline, even with the new additions.

Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris in Overboard

“Overboard” surrounds the family of Kate (Anna Faris), a single mom who struggles with multiple jobs, medical school, and three daughters. On a call to clean up the carpet of a wealthy yacht owner, Kate meets the spoiled man, Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez).

Within a few hours of working on the yacht, Kate and Leo are at ends with each other. In a fit of rage, Leo throws Kate off his boat along with her expensive supplies, leaving her thousands of dollars in debt.

When a tragic accident strikes, Leonardo is abandoned in town with amnesia, prompting Kate to get her revenge. She shows up to the hospital he is staying at and claims Leo as her husband. Thus starts a train of comedic antics with Leo and Kate’s family and friends.

In comparison with the original, “Overboard” takes a larger focus on supporting characters. Where the first film centered on a spoiled woman trying to take care of three rowdy boys, this film follows Leo while he balances both three daughters and his job as a construction worker.

Mel Rodriguez as Bobby and Eva Longoria as Theresa in Overboard

The more expansive cast makes the whole of characters more connected and entertaining. Kate’s friend Theresa (Eva Longoria) and her husband Bobby (Mel Rodriguez) open up a wide outlet for the family to expand upon. Much of the comedy derived from this film is connected with characters such as Leo’s coworkers.

“Overboard” decided to add the interesting scenario of Leonardo’s extended family. In a rather strange and almost brutal turn of events, Leo’s sister Magdalena (Cecilia Suárez) convinces her family to stop looking for him by faking his death. While it does add a better excuse than the original film’s reason of abandoning the rich woman, Magdalena becomes basically a villain where there really didn’t need to be one.

This movie is successful at bringing the 1987 story to 2018, it is essentially the same exact movie. They have added unique scenarios, such as Leo teaching the youngest daughter Olivia (Alyvia Alyn Lind) to ride a bike, that kept the story feeling fresh. It was even better when they used the bike scenario later in the film as a way to amplify the grief in a scene.

Eva Longoria as Theresa and Anna Faris as Kate in Overboard

Where the cast as a total did when in connecting with the audience, the character of Kate felt rather lackluster. The original film’s spoiled wife and poor father had a strong chemistry that made their relationship much more meaningful. In contrast, Kate as a person felt much more the spoiled partner than Leo ever did. There could have been better effort done by Anna Faris on expressing Kate’s emotions.

As with the content of “Overboard” on its own, it is a well put together romantic comedy. Where the relationship of Leo and Kate was lacking, it was made up in Leo’s love for his children and friends. The comedy is spot-on most of the time, making interactions enjoyable for the audience. For a continuing remake on a 1987 film, “Overboard” presents itself as a worthy competitor.

Kurt Russell with Goldie Hawn in Overboard (1987)
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