1987 PG 1h 53m DVD


1987 PG 1h 53m DVD
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Heiress Joanna Stayton hires carpenter Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht -- and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, Mike Hagerty, Roddy McDowall, Jared Rushton, Jeffrey Wiseman, Brian Price, Jamie Wild
Garry Marshall
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Overboard is a 1980s variation on the classic screwball comedy genre. The characters behave outrageously, and are slightly less charming than their 1930s and 1940s counterparts; they eventually learn their lessons, but they're just not very nice people. The comic revenge plot goes a bit too far. The movie is rated PG, but it has some fairly strong language (including several uses of "s--t"), as well as sex and sex talk (no nudity). Four younger boys are part of the story (the children of Dean's former marriage), though there are relatively few "family" situations to laugh at. It's unlikely that younger kids will be interested in this story, but older teens and parents may find it mildly diverting.

Sexual Content

No nudity, but characters kiss and make love in bed. Joanna appears in a very revealing bathing suit that makes her look naked from the back. (Dean is able to identify a birthmark in a sensitive area.) Joanna finds a pair of panties in the glove compartment of Dean's truck, and he can't explain where they came from. The husband character parties heavily on board his yacht with several half-dressed ladies. Otherwise, there's plenty of sex-related talk, including mentions of getting "knocked up," phone sex, and "painted ladies."


Not much more than some mild arguing and a few pratfalls.


We hear at least five mentions of "s--t," as well as more than one use of "bitch," "damn," "slut," "Goddamn," "God," and "ass."

Social Behavior

Though everyone learns a lesson and falls in love by the end, the road to that ending is really quite mean. Joanna starts the movie spoiled, rich, and bored; she treats Dean with contempt. When she loses her memory, he acts out of revenge, pretending that she's actually his wife and that she lives in poverty with their four boys. He makes her cook and clean, giving her as good as she gave him. Eventually he feels bad, but this negative behavior is celebrated as comedy for a good portion of the movie.


Several products are visible in the family's home, including M&Ms, Trix cereal, Lifesavers, Mr. Bubble, and Ajax cleaner.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Grownups drink plenty of beer. Characters drink martinis and champagne. Hardly anyone drinks to the point of overindulgence, though the husband character is seen having some crazy parties on board his yacht.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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