Movie Review: OVERBOARD (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

OVERBOARD was directed by Rob Greenberg who teamed up to write the screenplay with Bob Fisher and Leslie Dixon and stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Mel Rodriguez, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz in this hilarious fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy.  Overboard reverses the roles from the original film, featuring Derbez as a spoiled wealthy yacht owner who becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee played by Faris.

In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast — with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and coworkers. But with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?​

When Kate first meets Leonardo, she immediately takes a strong dislike to the rich obnoxious playboy but when he ends up in a freak accident that leaves him with amnesia, she comes up with a plan to get back at him. She takes him into her home and tells him that she’s his wife and her three also daughters play along with it. Kate is a single mother who’s been left widowed so her struggles with providing for her daughters all alone has become really overwhelming so Leonardo becomes an instant part of the family and a huge helping hand as her fake husband.

Kate’s daughters instantly take to Leonardo and he shows everyone that he can multitask like a pro and even perform manual labor which is something he’d never even think about doing before his accident. Kate and Leonardo slowly build a relationship but when she finally lets him off the hook and he regains his memory, she temporarly loses him to his real life. The thing is, when Leonardo goes back to his regular life it doesn’t feel right to him anymore so he’s left with a huge ultimatum, live the spoiled life of a playboy or go back to Kate and her daughters and be a part of this loving family. In the end, he makes the right decision and everything works out for Kate and Leonardo.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork and the DVD disc is flat gray and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this loose remake for Overboard ended up being a fun watch and much better than I thought it was going to be. We all know Hollywood remakes can be hit or miss and even though this was another unnecessary redux, it was still entertaining. Even though it doesn’t come close to the comedic level that the 1987 classic possesses, it’s still a fun watch that gives the main characters a new twist with some role reversals and a fresh story. The main cast did a good job with their characters and there was a little humor in the mix but it felt like it wasn’t enough. Anna Faris can be extremely funny but it looked like she was being held back a little in this movie. There was also an impressive international supporting cast to help out just a little with a few light-hearted laughs. All in all, Overboard was an entertaining remake that the entire family can sit down and watch together and hopefully get a laugh or two out of it.  This gender-swapped rom-com remake will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on July 31st.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, three behind-the-scenes and making of featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
  • “Culture Clash” Featurette
  • “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell
  • Digital Copy


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