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Friday, June 18, 2010

Overboard (directed by Garry Marshall)

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Released: 1987
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Mike Hagerty, Edward Herrman, Jared Rushton, Hector Elizondo

She said:

This film has been one of our family picks since I can remember. It is one of those films that always makes me smile no matter what. Overboard is probably one of my favourite comedies of all time. To start with has anyone ever seen a Garry Marshall film that didn't make them feel all warm inside? A few other of his directorial masterpieces include Beaches, Pretty Woman and, more recently, Valentine's Day. He has a theme of comedies with heart and this one is no different.

Of course the main credit I have to give to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, the leading actors and also a real life couple. I class this as their best comedy roles on screen. Interestingly when this film came out it was actually a big flop for both of them and I really can't understand why. They have fantastic chemistry when they play hatred of each other and when they fall in love. Perhaps it was one of those films that needed a few years post-release perspective. Or maybe I am the only person who loves it! But I doubt that very much.

While this film is a 'bit silly' in its plot it does have a wonderful warmth to it. It is essentially a film about how true love can cross boundaries of class and expectation. It is also about giving people second chances: Hawn plays a - how can I put this nicely? - upper class stuck up bitch who has only disgust for Russell's character (a hardworking dad who struggles with parental control). When she gets amnesia what begins as a tale of revenge and payback turns into something special, something real and deep.

I can't recommend this film enough. It has fantastic comic performances from leads and supporting actors alike, and it has some real gems of moments that give you a fuzzy feeling and make you want to hug your pillow (or partner!). I give this film (((5 out of 5.)))

He said:

Overboard is one of those films that you can't help but to smile all the way through. It has some moments that are a bit suspect, but endearing all the same. Garry Marshall was one of the first directors that enjoyed casting his friends in every film.

Hector Elizondo has a small part in this film that nearly goes by unnoticed. (You would recognize him as the Hotel Concierge in Pretty Woman) And there are others that have slipped my mind.

There are some scenes in this film that are a bit close to being beyond awkward. I think it goes with out saying that if a film about kidnapping ad forced parenthood was released now, it wouldn't do well in theatres.

My Dad (Happy Fathers Day!) really enjoys this film as well, it's fun to hear him laughing the whole way through the film. This is a great family film and is completely worth viewing. I enjoyed it and I think you will as well. I give it [[[4.5 out of 5]]]

They said:

This is a fantastic film, and one of the few Eighties films you can watch that doesn't feel completely and hopelessly dated with each viewing. It is well worth your time and we fully encourage everyone to watch it soon. we give it{{{9.5 out of 10}}}

1 comment:

  1. I love this film. What ever mood you are in before you watch it, you are in a better one afterwards.