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Snobbish heiress Joanna Stayton hires carpenter Dean Proffitt to construct a huge closet on her yacht for her lavish wardrobe. Dean completes the project, but when Joanna learns that he failed to use cedar as she wished, she refuses to pay him for the job. Some time later, Joanna falls overboard and is struck by a boat, giving her a case of amnesia. When Dean sees the story on the news, he concocts a scheme to pretend that she is his wife, Annie. Believing that she is Annie, Joanna moves in with Dean and becomes mother to his four unruly boys, a role for which she is quite unprepared and… 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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