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This screwball comedy casts real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn in a film that finds the latter returning to her roots in a role reminiscent of Private Benjamin (1980). Hawn stars as Joanna Stayton, a snooty heiress who summons carpenter Dean Proffitt (Russell) to her lavish yacht, where she wants an expanded closet constructed that will house her valuable wardrobe. When Dean fails to build the closet out of cedar, Joanna haughtily dismisses him without payment. Later, Joanna falls overboard and is struck by another boat, causing amnesia. Seeing her story on the news, Dean constructs… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While the prospect of watching Miss Hawn play a rude, nasty socialite is appealing, and even the transformation to homebody is a funny idea, Overboard winds up taking things too far."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Solid, fun entertainment that continued to show an appreciative public that Hawn was more than a ditzy blonde."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"'80s comedy has some iffy stuff for PG; won't interest kids."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Overboard is a dizzy comedy about the ways in which wealth insulates the rich from the simple pleasures of life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Cute and inoffensive. Sweet but not so much that you hate yourself for liking it. This is a good thing."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"A warm and funny movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Marshall's sunny, sitcomedic comedies tend to be kinda bad but also compulsively watchable, and this one's no exception... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Kurt Russell abuses Goldie Hawn into becoming a better, more caring woman? Who thinks this stuff is funny? Lots of people, unfortunately."
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
"Professionally done romantic comedy, but not worth the bother."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Mediocre in every way. Memorable only because of whimsical camp value."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"If there's an amnesia movie worse than Overboard, it slips my mind."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are truly the only reasons to keep watching this otherwise flaccid comedy, which feels static when it should zing and oppressive when it should soar."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"A good screwball comedy."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Not rotten, so surprisingly good in its mediocrity."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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