Let's get this out of the way right of the bat. The original Overboard which starred Kurt Russell and his real life girlfriend Holdie Hawn is not a film I hold in high regard like most seem to. It was an ok comedy at best that somehow achieved cult status over the years. As I didn't think the world of it I was not one of the people who was angry when the remake was announced.
This new Overboard stars the always charming Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. This time the gimmick is that the roles have been reversed. Faris is Kate a single mom with three young daughters who is working two jobs to help pay for nursing school. Durring a cleaning job on a yacht she meets Leonardo (Derbez). He's the druken Playboy who's father is the third richest man in the world. After an argument he throws Kate and her cleaning supplies off the boat and into the water. As luck would have it he has a slight mishap later and falls into the ocean as well. Kate finds him washed up one the beach to discover he has amnesia. So she does what any single mom would do. Convince a drunken stranger he is her husband and take him home where her under age daughters live.
What follows is a paint by numbers film that you can figure out in seconds even if you haven't seen the original. Kate gets Leonardo a job as a construction worker and puts him to work doing chores around the house as payback. In the beginning she makes him sleep in the garage as she tells him he has to untill he stops drinking. Of course they fall in love and typical sillyness ensues.
The film is carried entirely by Faris. She is charming in basically anything she's in and this is no exception. Her chemistry with Derbez is spot on and although the joke set ups are simple at besy most of them work quiet well.
A bit long at close to two hours the film drags in spots but so did the original. If your a fan of the original go ahead and watch this. With the exception of the role reversal it's a pretty spot on remake as far as remakes go. If you have never seen the original than this will be new to you, and it will bring you a few laughs along the way.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars