By Jack Rico
Eugenio Derbez is at again. His new film which he is producing and starring in with co-stars Anna Faris and Eva Longoria, is a remake of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s “Overboard” from 1987. The movie wasn’t that good, but it did have some occasional laughs along with some lovable performances from Hawn and her beau. Can this quasi-Latino ensemble create something better?
Derbez, whose US Hispanic formula of stringing Latino and mainstream actors together, is someone who first cracked the code on what a US Hispanic should movie. His first English speaking film, “Instructions Not Included,” was the highest-grossing Spanish-language film and the fourth highest-grossing foreign film all time in the US. Then Catalina Aguilar Mastretta took it a step farther with language in Everybody Loves Somebody.
He has continued the strategy into this new remake with “Overboard,” where the gender roles have reversed in this classic premise. “Overboard” will release April 20, 2018, but you catch the differences in roles in the original 1987 trailer below.
Synopsis: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films presents Overboard, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on “Leonardo” (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and “Kate” (ANNA FARIS), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work – for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually, he earns the respect of his new “family” and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good? A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Pantelion Films of a 3Pas Studios production.
“Overboard” trailer starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (1987)
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