This gender-swapped remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell comedy is eventually able to outrun the problematic implications of the original film's premise, but never quite gathers enough of its own comedic momentum.
The original Overboard saw Russell's handyman trick Hawn's amnesiac heiress into believing she's his wife and mother to his three unruly sons, providing him with a live-in housekeeper.
Anna Faris (Mum) stars in the new film as Kate, a single mother of three girls putting herself through nursing school working as a carpet cleaner, a job she performs on the luxury yacht of a spoiled, super-rich Mexican playboy named Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez), who treats her terribly and destroys her expensive equipment.
When Leonardo later falls of the yacht and loses his memory, Kate is convinced by her friend Theresa (Eva Longoria) to get what Leonardo owes her by tricking him into believing he is her husband and co-parent. The gambit succeeds and frees Kate up to study for her final exams while Leo attempts hard work for the first time in his life.
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The modern context forces the new Overboard to go out of its way to justify the actions of its protagonist, a task in which it more or less succeeds, if only in shallow comedy movie terms.
Indeed, the characters here all prove pretty likable, even the (initially) despicable Leonardo. Derbez is a huge superstar in Mexico, and he brings the full force of his squirrelly charm to the film, which constitutes his second English-language leading role.
Overboard got me to invest in its central pairing, and benefits from a Latin flavour that goes beyond Derbez, but the overall experience is ultimately pretty forgettable. So to speak.
Cast: Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez
Director: Rob Greenberg
Running Time: 112 minutes
Rating: M (Offensive language and sexual references)
Verdict: Likable without ever being that good.