If you’re as big a fan of the 1987 movie “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, as I am, you probably are not going to like the remake of the movie with Anna Farris and Eugenio Derbez.
While I’m a huge fan of Anna’s, the chemistry with Eugenio is just awkward. I couldn’t even get through the trailer, his nerdy demeanor was not consistent with the confidence of Goldie in the original. It just feels all wrong.
“Overboard” is such an iconic movie, that you’d have to search far and wide to get actors even close to the talent of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, much less their off-the-charts chemistry.
The gist of the remake is the same as the original, only the roles are reversed. Anna takes on Kurt Russell’s role, as the poor hired help and Eugenio takes on Goldie Hawn’s role as the arrogant millionaire.
The plot is described as a spoiled playboy (Derbez), who hails from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, is thrown overboard from his yacht and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee (Faris). He gets amnesia, and the single mom convinces him that they’re married.
Goldie Hawn once told Stylist in 2012 about a remake, “There are so many remakes today I often wonder why they’re not thinking of new ideas. One thing I would say is that the film is relatively iconic; they still show it on TV. I mean, I can’t believe how often they show that movie! So, I guess when they remake it they should have a different slant and different people. That’s the challenge. Good luck to them.”
Good luck is right. They probably should have just left well enough alone.