FILMS: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

OVERBOARD

Directed by Garry Marshall

L.O'T January 4 1988
FILMS: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

OVERBOARD

Directed by Garry Marshall

L.O'T January 4 1988

OVERBOARD

Directed by Garry Marshall

As Overboard’s spoiled heiress, Joanna Stay ton, Goldie Hawn—decked out in diamonds—is deliciously mean and demanding. Unfortunately, she keeps that character for only a short time. Early in the movie Joanna falls off her yacht and, hitting her head, is stricken with amnesia. Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell),

the local carpenter whom she has refused to pay for building her closets, decides to take advantage of the situation. A widower, he informs the authorities that the hospitalized Joanna is really his wife, Annie, mother of his four children. His plan: to have her unknowingly pay off the debt by taking care of his children for a few months. Joanna is such a hateful beast that her husband, Grant (Edward Herrmann), is loath to reclaim her. But under the yoke of domesticity, Joanna improves. The movie, however, does not.

Overboard does have some amusing, if

predictable, moments: Joanna wrestling with a vacuum cleaner; Joanna pondering what to do with a dead chicken. Of course, she and Dean gradually fall in love, and Dean brags to his friends that he has his own compliant slave. Directed by Garry Marshall {The Flamingo Kid), the movie has many details of the classic romantic comedy—but none of the wit or pacing. Overboard suggests that a woman becomes a better human being by learning to cut the crusts off sandwiches for children. It is enough to make many homemakers throw in the towel.

_ -L.O'T.