Overboard Parent Guide
The only place this is romantic comedy goes off script is in breaking some stereotypes.
Parent Movie Review
Kate (Anna Faris) is a single mom, with two jobs and three daughters (Hannah Nordberg, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Payton Lepinski). Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez) is the son of a wealthy Mexican business owner, whose days are filled with bikini babes, booze and boats.The two meet when Kate is called in to tidy up Leonardo’s yacht after a wild party.
The job doesn’t go well for either of them. Leonardo makes condescending remarks about the hired help. Kate insults the playboy. Eventually, he refuses to compensate her for her work, and tosses both the blonde and her carpet cleaning machine off the ship. But he gets his comeuppance a little later when he drunkenly falls overboard himself.
When Leonardo washes ashore, he has no memory of his past. After seeing a news story about a unidentified man suffering from amnesia, Kate recognizes the stranger and decides to take advantage of the situation. With some help from her friends, Kate hatches a plan to make the snob pay for his mistreatment. Showing up at the hospital, she claims “Leo” is her husband. Then she takes him home, introduces him to the kids and their impoverished lifestyle, and expects him to provide for their needs by working in construction.
A remake of the 1987 Overboard (starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell), this movie hardly charts new waters. As expected, there are plenty of guffaws as Leo is plunged into the duties of fatherhood and the rigorous realities of hard labor. At first Kate takes satisfaction in his difficult circumstances. However, as he steps up and takes the helm, the swamped mom starts to appreciate having a man in the house. Soon she is falling in love, yet she knows if her terrible lie were revealed, it would sink any chance for them to have real relationship.
The only place this is romantic comedy goes off script is in breaking some stereotypes. It reverses the gender roles of the original film and turns Dad into the domestic help. It also presents the ethnic character as rich (although the Hispanic work crew he joins is certainly tight for cash), and the white woman as poor. Marrying these mixed races, the moviemakers are banking on Eugenio Derbez‘s popularity south of the boarder. And English speaking audiences, who are traditionally reluctant to read subtitles, will be required to do so unless they understand Spanish.
While these depictions might be welcome, families may still feel uncomfortable because the script goes overboard with plentiful profanities, a crateload of sexual banter and brief male buttock nudity. This unfortunate baggage hampers the film’s journey towards its desired feelgood destination.Directed by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg. Starring Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release May 4, 2018. Updated June 27, 2018
Rating & Content Info
Why is Overboard rated PG-13? Overboard is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for suggestive material, partial nudity and some language.
A character wishes another were dead, and goes to elaborate lengths to convince others of his demise. Suicide is briefly mentioned. An angry character pushes a woman off a boat (no serious harm is implied). A drunken man accidentally falls off a boat, and later washes ashore. A character suffers from amnesia and receives medical aid at a hospital. A small bloody cut is seen and treated with a bandage. A man slaps another. A character discusses a murder in detail (in subtitles).
Male and female characters are seen in skimpy swimwear. Females characters engage in fistfights. Jokes are made about divorce and fidelity. Bodily functions, biological terms gay character, and sperm donation are mentioned. A man’s bare buttocks are briefly shown on a couple of occasions. A man is depicted as a playboy and casual sexual relationships are implied. A clothed couple embraces and fondles in bed, but the man breaks off the activity to get a condom. Condoms are shown several times and are the subject of a few jokes. A man asks his wife for sex on a couple of occasions. An unmarried couple kiss and sexual relations are implied. A woman calls a man a pervert. A teen couple flirt. Characters embrace and kiss.
Frequent uses of mild and moderate profanity, along with terms of deity. A sexual finger gesture is shown, and some foul language is bleeped. Sexual banter and crude slang words are heard. Name-calling, mocking and belittling occur.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters are frequently shown drinking alcohol. Drunkenness is depicted. Alcohol addiction is discussed and a character attends an addiction recovery meeting. Prescription medication is mentioned.
Page last updated June 27, 2018
More parents' guide for Overboard after the break...
Overboard Parents' Guide
This movie’s plot is built on a lie when a woman, who was unjustly treated by a man, gets an opportunity to take advantage of him. At what point do you quit feeling sorry for her? Was her lying justified? In reality, how likely would a positive relationship develop if it was built on dishonesty?
The original Overboard had gender roles reversed. Goldie Hawn plays the rich person who ends up being the servant to a low income carpenter. The new Overboard’s star, Eugenio Derbez, who is also a producer of this movie, said in a recent USA Today article: “...after the #MeToo movement, I cannot imagine what would have happened if we kept the same pattern. Nowadays to have a guy kidnapping a woman to make her work at home? It would be really politically incorrect.” How do you feel about his opinion? What other films can you recall that would be “politically incorrect” if made today? Do people still watch them? Are there new movies that may face the same criticism in the future?
What other stereotypes are reversed in this film? What types of roles are typical for Hispanic men? Are there other ethnicities that are similarly cast?
This film utilizes English subtitles when Hispanic characters are speaking, as opposed to most movies where these characters would speak English with an Hispanic accent. Why do you think the creators of this movie have made this decision? What are some possible advantages and disadvantages from a marketing perspective?
News About "Overboard"
This is a remake of the 1987 movie Overboard.
The most recent home video release of Overboard movie is July 31, 2018. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Overboard
Release Date: 31 July 2018
Overboard releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell
- “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
- “Culture Clash” Featurette
- “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette