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Overboard Blu-ray Review
Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez; How to be a Latin Lover) is a wealthy, irresponsible playboy who doesn't care about anything or anyone. Kate (Anna Faris; The House Bunny) is a widowed mother of three girls who works two jobs while studying to pass her nursing exam. When she ends up in a fight with Leonard while cleaning the carpets on his boat, he throws her and her equipment overboard causing her to lose her job and owing the carpet cleaning company $3000 for the machine that was ruined. Imagine her shock when she sees a news story about the "John Doe" with amnesia who washed up on the beach.
Plotting revenge she claims Leonardo as her husband and takes him home with her to cook and clean and take care of her daughters so she can study for her exam. However, Kate gets so much more than she bargained for when Leonardo grows into the role of husband/provider/father and everyone thrives. Of course, when his real family shows up to claim him, it jump starts his brain and he remembers who he and Kate both are. Once back to his luxurious life he realizes he was far richer when he was poor and a family man.
Hawn is a genius and I can still remember the scene when she "loses it" and just sits on the couch in Dean's house blubbering incoherently until he dumps her in a barrel of water to snap her out of it. Derbez doesn't get the opportunity do that but I'm not sure he could pull it off with the same flair and panache that Hawn did. I'm also not a huge fan of Faris so while the leads are good enough and have a decent amount of chemistry, I still found the movie somewhat lacking in comparison to the 1987 version.
The Blu-ray is presented in the standard 1080p high definition video format with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The picture is sharp and the bright color palette shines. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is clean with little noise to speak of. The heavily Latin-influenced soundtrack has a driving beat that surrounds the audience from the side channels while the dialogue is clearly heard from the center. The combo pack offers both the Blu-ray and DVD discs as well as a code for digital download. The extras aren't plentiful and those that exist aren't extremely interesting besides one that discusses the cultural differences and spotlights the Hispanic actors accumulated for this retelling. They are Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell, Chemistry is Comedy, Culture Clash and Captains of the Ship: Bob and Rob.
For the newer generation who never saw the original Overboard, the remake is cute enough. It certainly is an updated version for these times as many of the characters are Hispanic and the roles are reversed with Leonardo being the homemaker. Those who remember the original won't be as thrilled with this one but at least this attempt gives a little nod the 1987 movie by mentioning "the Blonde who got amnesia back in the ‘80s". For older audiences, the remake isn't as strong but for younger viewers, it's an interesting concept with a laugh or two thrown in.
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