BY maria marroquin
Hollywood’s latest remake of the classic ’80s film “Overboard” is guaranteed to make moviegoers laugh throughout the film due to its engaging comedy.
Starring Mexican comedian and actor Eugenio Derbez as Leonardo Montenegro, he plays an entitled rich playboy who is used to getting his way with anyone around him.
Anna Farris as Kate, is an overworked underpaid single mother of three trying to get her nursing degree.
A reversed gender twist combination of Spanish/English language and a lot of jokes involving Mexican culture are some of the differences from the original film.
Montenegro meets his fake wife Kate because she is hired to clean the carpets of his boat. He acts like the typical entitled wealthy person and decides not to pay her for the services she’s providing after she refuses to be one of his servants and get him a snack.
Following the altercation between them, he suffers an accident and wakes up with amnesia. Kate finds herself in need of a lot of money and after some discussion, she takes the advice of her friend and boss Theresa, played by Eva Longoria.
Together they decide to bring justice into their own hands and tell him he is married to Kate so he can work and help around the house while Kate studies for her nursing exam.
Montenegro then goes from not having worked a day in his life to experiencing the similar struggle many people go through of balancing several jobs and also trying to enjoy quality family time.
The film only gets funnier from that moment on. The chemistry between a comedic genius like Derbez and known American comedian Farris could not be better, since they bring the best of both worlds to the big screen.
Moviegoers will definitely enjoy the humor behind the movie, even though non-Spanish speakers may be confused at times, but subtitles provide clarification.
Although the original film stars real life couple Goldi Hawn and Kurt Russel, it is seen as a romantic classic while the remake is more on the comedic side. The plot and storyline are not entirely the same, but the remake definitely holds its own weight. Both movies are good in their own way.
This is a refreshing but cliche move from Hollywood. The whole millionaire-falls-in-love-with-a-poor-but-charming-person is already a scenario that’s overplayed.
While most of the movie causes laughter, there are parts that will leave moviegoers choked up a little.
Derbez is an up-and-coming actor in the Hollywood world, even though he is a huge star in Mexico. He is better known for the movies “Instructions Not Included” and “How to be a Latin Lover” in the U.S.
Both movies reached a high level of popularity among the Latino community and this film is certainly not the exception.
Overall it is a great movie with a lot of meaning behind it, perfect to enjoy with family or a fun date night. Total running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some nudity.