Overboard

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Lazy, insulting, gender-swapped remake just isn't funny.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Nasty behavior and lying are eventually rewarded, and the measure of that reward is lots and lots of money. Characters do learn to be better people over the course of the movie, but it feels false in relation to the outcome. Plus, alcohol abuse and sex addiction are treated as jokes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One main character behaves like a monster, and the other is a liar; the fact that they more or less cancel each other out doesn't excuse their behavior. While the cross-cultural characters aren't exactly stereotypes, they're not amazing role models, either.

Violence

A man pushes a woman off of a boat, into the ocean. Small bloody cut in hand. Several pratfalls.

Sex

A man "parties" with several attractive women in bikinis. Character refers to an "orgy." Main male character kisses one woman; she says she wants to "take advantage of him." He looks for condoms and finds a string of five. Partial naked male bottom shown. Sex talk. Jokes about sex addiction.

Language

Several uses of "s--t." Also "a--hole," "dumbass," "ass," "pr--k," "crap," and "pervert," plus "God" (as an exclamation). A few bleeped out uses of "f--k."

Consumerism

Bud Light beer shown. Trojan condoms mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Leonardo drinks frequently, including a Bloody Mary the moment he wakes up -- or straight from the bottle. He's drunk when he falls off the boat. Later, he's led to believe that he's an alcoholic and attends an AA meeting. Kate teases him by drinking a beer in front of him.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Overboard is a remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell comedy, with the main roles gender-swapped (this time around, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez co-star). It's all based on lies and other horrible behavior, and, in the remake, there are no laughs, no fun, and no romantic chemistry to redeem the rocky premise. The movie's messages -- including that money is the key to happiness -- are iffy at best. In several scenes, a man "parties" with several bikini-clad women, kisses one, and almost has sex (he stops to search for condoms). His naked bottom is partially shown, and there's some sex talk, as well as jokes about sex addiction. The same man is shown drinking heavily and frequently, is drunk in one scene, and later is led to believe that he's an alcoholic. Language isn't frequent but includes several uses of "s--t" and a couple uses of "a--hole." Violence is mostly of the pratfall-type, but a man also pushes a woman off of a boat into the ocean, and a bloody cut is shown.

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Parent Written byJ C August 31, 2018
Adult Written byMichelle C. August 18, 2018

So inappropriate!

I LOVE the original, and was looking forward to the remake but it was not appropriate. Talks about condoms and sex way too much. Sadly, it wasn’t even funny.
Kid, 12 years old March 24, 2020

Great Movie!

Look I have no idea what people are talking about when watching this movie. It is very funny and even if it gets sexual sometimes it hardly does it. There are a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymatthewm_06 January 10, 2019

Overboard (2018) Review

Terrible movie. You get a talented cast, with a lazy script! Its good for maybe 2 or 3 laughs, but the overall movie was awful, don't waste you 112 minutes...

What's the story?

In OVERBOARD, Kate (Anna Faris) is a struggling single mom with three daughters and two jobs: delivering pizza and cleaning carpets. She's also studying for a nurse's exam and needs a break. Hired to clean the carpets on a huge yacht that belongs to selfish, unpleasant billionaire Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez), Kate refuses to bring him a snack and is fired without pay. He also throws her equipment in the ocean. Later, drunk, Leonardo falls overboard and loses his memory. Kate decides to get her revenge by pretending that he's her husband, taking him home, and making him get a manual labor job and do chores around the house. Eventually, "Leo" settles into his position and learns to like his new life, even growing to love the girls and Kate. But what will happen when his memory returns and he realizes it's all a ruse?

Is it any good?

Lazy, stupid, and unfunny, this gender-swapped remake of the 1980s screwball comedy seems to have been made without anyone caring at all. Worse, it manages to be insulting to both the characters and the audience. Garry Marshall's 1987 movie at least gave Goldie Hawn a funny role to play as nasty socialite Joanna; this Overboard unwisely switches the roles, making the usually hilarious Faris the put-upon working-class character and sapping her role of the potential for fun. Now she's basically unpleasantly frenzied -- not to mention highly unappealing because of her ongoing, extremely mean-spirited lies.

Derbez -- a huge star in Mexico looking to make his breakthrough in the United States -- is all pratfalls and frantic energy, and his "transformation" into a nice guy is extremely difficult to buy, as is the forced chemistry between him and Faris. It's embarrassing to think that cross-cultural audiences will be exposed to the worst of both countries in this awful movie. No one comes out looking good here, on either side of the camera. In one scene, the family watches their grandmother (Swoosie Kurtz) performing onstage in The Mikado, and one of the daughters comments "This is horrifying." That completely apt description applies to Overboard in its entirety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Overboard portrays sex. What values does the movie impart around sex and relationships? What do Leonardo and Kate learn about being together?

  • How does the movie depict drinking? Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

  • How does this remake compare to the original? How does reversing the genders change things?

  • Lying is a huge part of the plot. What do the characters learn about lying?

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