Overboard (2018)

Overboard2018

Directed By: Rob Greenberg
Starring: Eugenio Derebez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Swoosie Kurtz, Mel Rodriguez, Josh Segarra, Fernando Luján, Cecilia Suárez, Mariana Treviño, et.al.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B-

After spoiled, rich playboy Leonardo dismisses struggling, overworked mom of three Kate and gets her fired from one of her jobs as a cleaning lady, he gets drunk and ends up falling off his yacht into the ocean. The next morning, he wakes up on shore, and is brought to the hospital where he’s diagnosed with amnesia. His sister, seeing an opportunity to get her brother out of the way, and get a position in the family company she feels she was overlooked for, she decides to leave him where he is. When Kate, still reeling from Leonardo’s treatment of her, learns that he’s in the hospital with amnesia, she lets her friend convince her to pretend to be his wife in order to get some of the help she desperately needs if she wants to finish nursing school, and also get revenge for his treatment of her. As time passes Kate begins to have second thoughts, and also finds herself falling for him. When Leonardo eventually regains his memory, he finds he must choose between the easy life he was raised in, or the life of hard work he found with Kate and her children.

This remake of the 1987 movie of the same name follows the same basic plot, only with the gender roles reversed. It also follows the basic rules of nearly every other romantic comedy out there, making it a fluffy, harmless way to pass 90 minutes of your time. One thing that was changed from the original is that Kate seems to have reservations about what she’s doing the entire time, despite the fact that she does go through with it. Derebez and Faris have pretty good chemistry, and all other the actors work well together. There are some parts with Leonardo’s family that are exaggerated to resemble a telenovela/soap opera, but that’s likely just to mirror the fact that a couple of the characters are obsessed with those types of shows.

There don’t appear to be any special effects, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

This movie will probably appeal to anyone who likes romantic comedies. The story is actually enjoyable, and doesn’t require tons of attention. Though there are several sequences in Spanish that you might want to pay attention to, at least the first time you watch it.

Overboard (2018) is currently available to stream through Amazon Prime and Hulu, and it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!

Crazy Rich Asians

CrazyRichAsians

Directed By: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum, Jr., Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, et.al.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: A

When NYU professor Rachel Chu agrees to accompany her boyfriend, Nick Young, to China to attend his best friend’s wedding, and meet Nick’s family in the process, she has no idea what to expect. However, even in her wildest fantasies she couldn’t have imagined that her boyfriend comes from one of the wealthiest and oldest families in China, or that Nick himself is Asia’s most eligible bachelor. Upon arriving, Rachel has to not only contend with Nick’s extremely disapproving mother, but also the scheming socialites who believe that he would be better off with ‘one of his own’. With some help from a friend from college and one of Nick’s outcast cousins, Rachel does her best to outshine the glittering jewels of Singapore high society and show them that wealth doesn’t always equal worth.

I rarely see Romantic Comedies in theaters since they all seem to be better off viewed from the comfort of one’s own couch, but I made an exception for this movie. Crazy Rich Asians is one of the few major movie productions to feature an entirely Chinese cast since 1993’s Joy Luck Club, and its rampant success has since helped make small steps toward more diverse casting choices in Hollywood productions, which is always a good thing. While the storyline itself is rather simple and typical for a RomCom, it really is the cast that makes this movie a standout. From Michelle Yeoh’s understated disapproval, to Awkwafina’s scene-stealing and Gemma Chan’s almost ethereal presence, the actors all work wonderfully together and bring Kevin Kwan’s book to life beautifully.

The few special effects are fairly good, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.

Anyone who can tolerate Romantic Comedies should enjoy this movie, since it doesn’t quite follow the cookie-cutter pattern that plagues most ones made these days. The refreshingly somewhat original story and delightful cast also keep the movie from grating too much on rewatches.

Crazy Rich Asians is currently not available free to stream anywhere at the moment unless you have HBO, but can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.