02 March 2009

DVD: "Overboard"

Overboard
Directed by Garry Marshall
Written by Leslie Dixon
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond and Roddy McDowall
DVD Release Date: 19 January 1999
MPAA Rating: PG
List Price: $14.98
Cinescopes Personality Types: Vivacious Romantic, Existential Savior

The Film
Dean (Russell), a carpenter, is called to refit a closet for Joanna (Hawn) aboard the yacht she shares with her husband.  She is impossible to please, spoiled by a life of wealth and nothing better to do with her time.  When she falls overboard in the middle of the night and turns up with amnesia, both her husband and Dean see an opportunity.  Her husband denies knowing her, leaving her in a psychiatric ward and living it up in her absence.  Dean, however, sees an opportunity for revenge, posing as her husband!

The DVD
You get the original theatrical trailer and that's it.  Having heard Kurt Russell on the commentary track for Big Trouble in Little China, I have to say I think it would be genuinely fun to hear him discuss this film with wife Hawn.  Maybe a future release will give us this.

The Recommendation
This film is a product of its time, clearly.  Not only was this an anti-rich/pro-working man movie that marked the Reagan 80s, but there are several plot devices that simply could not have worked in any other era.  Lawyers and doctors will balk at the ease with which Dean absconds with Joanna (he simply identifies a strawberry-shaped birthmark he noticed while she was lounging around in a swimsuit aboard the yacht), but this is a film where the premise is really an excuse to watch two actors have fun on screen.  In that context, fans of these two will not be disappointed.

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