Annie/Joanna Meets Dean — Overboard

Amanda and Joey revisit Garry Marshall’s 1987 rom-com starring comedic power couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.


We’ve run into this situation a few times so far on this podcast, where we revisit a “classic” of the genre with great concern that what we’ll find is a movie that doesn’t quite hold up.

Whether it’s misogynistic or homophobic or a combination of things, it’s always hard to revisit a movie that you loved as a kid only to discover that, hey, maybe it’s kind of fucked up now that you’re an adult and know better.

Thankfully, despite some occasional icky-ness, we agree that Overboard mostly holds up. There are some parts that made Joey squirm, but in general the Russell/Hawn dynamic is so charming and the characters so likable that it’s hard not to enjoy it. Plus, there are just some damn good jokes. 

Further reading:

Where did all the mini-golf courses disappear to? This photographer took creepy photos of abandoned Putt-Putts. Photos of Goldie and Kurt’s real life romance. Roger Ebert’s 1987 review of Overboard. This movie, like most others, is being remade. All of the locations Overboard was shot.

Mix up Amanda’s Elk Snout cocktail before you watch.

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