Rated PG-13, 112 minutes
"Overboard" is washed up. It's a middling, only mildly humorous remake of a middling, only mildly humorous 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell comedy. Much like the original, its charming stars try their best, but its TV sitcomy-like premise seems more mean-spirited than funny.
Kate ("Mom's" Anna Faris) is a single, working-class mother of three who's hired to clean a luxury yacht that belongs to Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez of the hit "Instructions Not Included") -- a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they're married. As Leonardo tries to get used to manual labor and his new family, Kate starts to wonder how long she can keep fooling her fake husband.
"Overboard" is an overly predictable comedy with some occasionally funny moments, playing to the charms of its two stars. Directed and co-written by TV director Rob Greenberg ("How I Met Your Mother"), it's absolutely nothing new and a reminder that the original film, directed by Garry Marshall, was largely overrated. It's also one of those films in which most of the best moments are captured in the trailer, which doesn't bode well for the rest of the film.
This version of "Overboard" will likely appeal most to Derbez's fan base, given that the film is tailored to his physical Chevy Chase-type of physical humor of pratfalls and getting hit in the head with things. Faris brings her awkward charm to the film, but the role is so similar to the one (single, struggling Mom) she plays on TV's "Mom," it might have you looking for her co-star and Oscar-winner Allison Janney, who would've made this film much, much better.
In between all of the silly pratfalls, there isn't much to go on, and some are badly executed and feel rushed. "Overboard" is one of "lessons learned" type of comedies, where people learn from their mistakes so they can be better people. Here's a good lesson for you, don't go see the movie. If you do, don't expect to laugh much.