Overboard (2018 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Based onOverboard
by Leslie Dixon
Produced by
CinematographyMichael Barrett
Edited byLee Haxall
Music byLyle Workman
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Spanish
Budget$12 million[2]
Box office$91.2 million[3]

Overboard is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Rob Greenberg. The screenplay was written by Greenberg, Bob Fisher, and Leslie Dixon. The film stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, and John Hannah. The film is a remake of the original 1987 film, reversing the gender role of the lead character. The film portrays a struggling, working-class single mother who convinces a rich playboy with amnesia that they are married.

Overboard was released in the United States on May 4, 2018, and grossed $91 million worldwide against a budget of $12 million. The film received unfavorable reviews from critics, who praised Faris's comedic performance but criticized the story as mediocre and failing to distinguish itself from the original.


Kate Sullivan is a widowed single mother of three daughters who works two jobs while studying to be a nurse. She is assigned to clean carpets on a yacht owned by a spoiled and arrogant playboy Leonardo 'Leo' Montenegro, who makes rude remarks towards Kate and fires her without pay when she refuses to bring him food. When Kate calls out his behavior, Leo pushes her off the boat along with her cleaning equipment.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, Leo's younger sisters Magdalena and Sofia are tending to their ailing father, who announces Leo as his successor to run the family-owned company. That night, Leo slips off the yacht and falls into the ocean unnoticed. He wakes up on a beach with amnesia and no recollection of his identity. He wanders through town and is eventually brought to the hospital. Though Magdalena finds him, she leaves him there unclaimed after learning he has amnesia. She returns home and falsely reports that Leo has died, as she intends to take over the family company for herself.

Kate and her friend Theresa see a news report on Leo's situation. To compensate Kate for Leo's earlier misdeeds, they scheme to take advantage of his amnesia by tricking him into believing he's married to Kate. They go to the hospital and convince Leo of the ruse when Kate correctly identifies a tattoo on his rear, a detail she noticed earlier on the yacht. Kate takes him home and introduces him to her girls, making up details about their alleged life together. Kate sets Leo up with an exhausting construction job working for Theresa's husband Bobby.

Leo eventually develops a bond with the girls. Kate begins to feel guilty and considers telling Leo the truth, but changes her mind after seeing how much the girls enjoy having Leo around. Instead, they spend the evening celebrating a new revelation from Kate: it's their anniversary. The next day, Leo discovers condoms. He assumes the worst, but after confronting Kate, Theresa takes the blame, stating she was having an affair. Leo and Kate decide to renew their vows.

Meanwhile, Leo's family is having a memorial service for him when a picture depicting a chicken fight involving Leo is presented. Realizing that Magdalena lied, Mr. Montenegro heads off to find Leo. When Mr. Montenegro gets to Kate's house, Leo's memory returns when he sees him and realizes the truth of what happened. Hurt and angry, Leo leaves to return to his yacht. The girls tearfully run after him and plead for him to stay, but are unsuccessful.

Kate decides to go after Leo, and she and the girls rush to the pizza place to borrow Bobby's boat to chase after the yacht. Meanwhile, Leo has become aware of how selfish and pretentious his life was before meeting Kate and the girls. He realizes he wants to be with them and has the captain turn the boat around. Mr. Montenegro attempts to stop him, but Leo jumps into the water. Kate does the same as the two swim to each other and share a kiss. Leo dismisses threats from his father, who in the process decides to name Sofia as his new successor as he is furious at both Leo (for choosing to be with Kate) and Magdalena (for lying to him).

Leo returns to a life with Kate and the girls. Leo's former employee Colin arrives to offer his service as a nanny. After telling him they can't afford him, he mentions that Sofia sent him to remind Leo that he still legally owns the yacht, worth $60 million. Kate and Leo marry aboard the yacht, and friends and family toast the newlyweds during the end credits. In the meantime, Magdalena tries to get herself back in good graces by claiming to have started an education initiative for children in the Philippines, though none of the children are fond of her.



In March 2017, it was announced that Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez would star in a re-imagining of the original 1987 film, with Rob Greenberg directing.[4] The main roles are gender-reversed from the original film.[4] Derbez portrays a wealthy man who falls off of his yacht and is found by Faris' character, a single mother who convinces him that he is her husband.[5][6] Filming began in Vancouver in May 2017.[7] Eva Longoria joined the cast that month.[8]


Overboard was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate Films (though the film is credited under its Pantelion Films division). It was originally scheduled for April 20, 2018,[9] though in January 2018, the date was rescheduled for April 13, 2018.[10] In March 2018, the film's release was rescheduled for May 4, 2018,[11] to avoid competing against the new April 27 release of Avengers: Infinity War.[12]


Box office[edit]

Overboard grossed $50.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $40.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $91.2 million, against a production budget of $12 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, Overboard was released alongside Tully and Bad Samaritan, and was projected to gross around $12 million from 1,623 theaters in its opening weekend.[13] The film made $4.8 million on its first day, including $675,000 from Thursday night previews, an improvement from the $450,000 made by Derbez's How to Be a Latin Lover the year before. The film went on to debut to $14.8 million, finishing second, behind holdover Avengers: Infinity War; like Derbez's other films, Latinos made up at least a plurality of the audience (41%).[14] Overboard fell 31% to $10.1 million in its second week, dropping to fourth, behind Avengers: Infinity War ($64.8 million), Life of the Party ($18.2 million) and Breaking In ($16.5 million).[15]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 24% based on 86 reviews, and an average rating of 4.16/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Overboard makes poor use of the ever-charming Anna Faris – and chooses questionable source material – to offer a remake that fails to clear the fairly low bar set by the original."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an 83% overall positive score.[14]

Variety's Owen Gleiberman wrote, "Overboard has been made with enough bubbly comic spirit and skill that the gender switch turns out to be a smart move, from both an entertainment and commercial vantage."[18] Conversely, Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post wrote "Hollywood isn't just churning out crummy remakes of great films anymore — now it's doing awful remakes of mediocre films. For evidence, see Overboard. Or, rather, don't."[19]


Award Date Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Teen Choice Awards August 12, 2018 Choice Comedy Movie Overboard Nominated [20]
Choice Comedy Movie Actor Eugenio Derbez Nominated
Choice Comedy Movie Actress Anna Faris Nominated


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