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Overboard (1987)



Critic Consensus: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's comedic chops elevate waterlogged material, but not even their buoyant chemistry can keep Overboard's creepy concept afloat.

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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 totally inept.

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Goldie Hawn
as Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt
Kurt Russell
as Dean Proffitt
Jared Rushton
as Charlie Proffitt
Jeffrey Wiseman
as Joey Proffitt
Brian Price
as Travis Proffitt
Jamie Wild
as Greg Proffitt
Frank Campanella
as Capt. Karl
Harvey Miller
as Dr. Norman Korman
Frank Buxton
as Wilbur Budd
Marvin Braveman
as Doctor At Hospital
Carol Williard
as Rose Budd
Hector Elizondo
as LeHondro Tunatti
Doris Hess
as Adele Burbridge
Ed Cree
as Thud Gittman
Mona Lyden
as Gertie
Bing Russell
as Sheriff Earl
Richard Stahl
as Hosptal Psychiatrist
Ray Combs
as Cop at Hospital
Marvin Braverman
as Doctor at Hospital
Israel Juarbe
as Engine Room Crewman
Paul Fonteyn
as Chef Paul
Antonio García
as Chef Antonio
Robert Goldman
as Crew Helmsman
Lisa Hunter
as Grant's Girl Friend
Erin Grant
as Grant's Girl Friend
Lisa Beth Ross
as Grant's Girl Friend
Liz Stewart
as Grant's Girl Friend
Laura Fabian
as Grant's Girl Friend
Julie Paris
as Grant's Girl Friend
Paul Tinder
as Coast Guard Captain
Scott Marshall
as Coast Guard Spotter Lucas
Bill Applebaum
as Coast Guard Friend
Tim Wright
as The Wright Brothers Band
Don Thompson
as Coast Guard Guy
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Critic Reviews for Overboard

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

Why [Kurt Russell] wouldn`t simply leave [Goldie Hawn] alone is just one of the film`s flaws.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Kurt Russell abuses Goldie Hawn into becoming a better, more caring woman? Who thinks this stuff is funny? Lots of people, unfortunately.

October 20, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

A warm and funny movie.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If there's an amnesia movie worse than Overboard, it slips my mind.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This popular piece of piffle from director Garry Marshall (who made his career in piffle) mainly stays afloat thanks to the presence of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

August 27, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Overboard


Amazing, an 80's movie I haven't seen. Hmmm... it was okay. I'm not sure what message it was trying to get across. It is too extreme both ways - being rich doesn't have to mean that stuck up and awful, and being poor doesn't necessarily equate to living like an animal. Honestly I couldn't see why either of those lives would appeal and I don't buy the ending for a second. Living with a pig who lied his way into her life and got her to sleep with him on false pretenses and don't even get me started on those horrible four little boys. The end line made me vomit a bit too. Whatever. It's a dumb comedy. Okay to watch once.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

One of the most tried and true of the screwball comedy formulas: uptown girl, downtown guy, together temporarily and hating it. 90 minutes later its wedding bells. Roll credits. Entirely dependent on the charisma of the leads. Russell and Hawn supply the goods in what only can be described as a guilty pleasure. Garry Marshall directs the predictable proceedings.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I did not buy the romance, and the plot points were so farcical this film was almost unwatchable. Is this seriously your favorite film,. Reese Witherspoon?

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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