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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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. Alcohol abuse and sex addiction are treated as jokes.
Positive Role Models
One main character behaves arrogantly, and the other is a liar; the fact that they more or less cancel each other out doesn't excuse their behavior.
Derbez is a huge star in Mexico who's well known for his frantic comedic energy. But the slapstick humor -- found regularly in romcoms around the world, but less often in many American ones -- doesn't always translate smoothly. And the gender swap of the leads (compared to original film) doesn't do much to empower women. But seamless inclusion of non-English languages, such as subtitled Spanish and French, places the film in a modern setting that feels realistic. And cast of Latino stars, including Mexican American Eva Longoria and Havana-born Mel Rodriguez, help make Overboard more memorable than if it had gone without.
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Violence & Scariness
A man pushes a woman off of a boat, into the ocean. Small bloody cut in hand. Several pratfalls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man "parties" with several 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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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 has an alcohol addiction. 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This gender-swapped remake of the 1980s screwball comedy misses the mark, letting down both the characters and the audience. Garry Marshall's 1987 movie at least gave Goldie Hawn a funny role to play as mean-spirited socialite Joanna; this Overboard gains nothing from switching the roles. Usually hilarious, Faris becomes a put-upon working-class character and saps any potential for fun.
Derbez -- a huge star in Mexico -- struggles to cohere the frantic energy of his comedy with Faris', and his "transformation" into a nice guy is extremely difficult to buy. The supposed chemistry between him and Faris feels forced. No one comes out looking good here.
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