Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Overboard (2018)

I vaguely remember the 1987 version of Overboard.  I recall that it starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, neither of which I particularly care for.  It wasn’t a particularly great movie to begin with.  It was about a woman who falls off the side of a ship.  When it’s discovered that she has amnesia, she’s taken in by a man in need of a wife.  The 2018 remake follows a similar plot with the main roles reversed.

In case you’re wondering, this is a movie that I had gone to see with my parents.  There weren’t any other movies playing that we could all agree on and I figured that the original was so bad that they might actually be able to improve on it.  I was not correct.

Kate is working three jobs while trying to become a nurse.  Leonardo is the son of the third-richest man in the world.  As per one of her jobs, Kate goes to clean Leonard’s boat.  Before setting off, Leonardo pushes her off the boat and throws her equipment overboard, as well.  She gets fired and has to pay for the equipment.  Shortly thereafter, Leonardo falls off the side of his boat.  When he washes ashore, he has no memory of who he is.  Kate goes to the hospital to claim him so that she might put him to work.

I found the entire movie to be questionable, at best.  It’s stated that she knows someone who knows someone who can fake documents and whatnot.  Still, the entire thing requires the cooperating of her three children and all of her friends.  Everyone seems to go along with it, although there are still issues.

Since Leonardo was a heavy drinker, Kate gets the idea to put him in AA.  While the real Leonardo wasn’t in AA, Kate’s husband had been going.  I’m not sure how this worked out.  If it was a real group, someone might have said something about Leo being the new guy.  If not, it would mean that Kate had to assemble a group of random people and rent out a location somewhere.  I don’t recall it being explicitly stated which it was.

The entire scenario is legally questionable if we’re being kind.  It is acknowledged that Kate is essentially kidnapping Leonardo.  Even when things come to light, no mention is made of Kate being arrested or needing a lawyer.  She basically gets away with it.

This brings up the entire plot device of Leonardo’s amnesia.  Being that this is a comedy and a remake, I don’t think I’m giving much away when I say that Leonardo gets his memory back.  Throughout the movie, it’s almost an all-or-nothing deal.  Leonardo remembers that he doesn’t like doing certain things, but has no memory of his previous life.  Even seeing building supplies with his family name on them, he doesn’t recall who he is.

It isn’t until his father arrives that his memories come flooding back.  I’m not sure if this is how amnesia works.  Being that it’s a comedy, I’m certain liberties were taken for the sake of the story, but it seems a little forced.  It seems to be a way of having him storm off at the right moment.

This ended up being a horrible, clich├ęd movie.  Every part of it seems to be done for the sake of a joke.  We even have a running gag of Leo being a real dad versus a fake dad.  (Since the daughters look nothing like Leo, Kate says that they used a sperm donor.)  Normally, I’d say stick with the original, but I can’t even do that here.  I would say that both movies are worth missing.

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