‘Overboard’ Review: Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez Shine in This Competent, Gender-Swapped Remake
“Crazy things happen all the time,” a character announces early on in this adequate and amiable “Overboard” remake, setting the stage for the ripped-from-the-telenovela drama to come.
But beleaguered Kate (Anna Faris) doesn’t have much time to think about the crazy things; she’s got two crappy jobs and lives in a busted cottage, where she tries to keep three young daughters on the straight and narrow.
This gender-swapped take on the 1987 comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell places the always-charming Faris in the role of middling blue-collar worker, the first switch (of many) in a modernized remake that struggles to stand out.First-time feature director Rob Greenberg wrote the script with Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) and it’s set in the same location as the original — Elk Cove, Ore., which spawns at least one tongue-in-cheek joke about the first film, plus a “Jaws” gag for some reason.
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