Overboard – Filtered

Theatrical Release: December 16, 1987
DVD Release: January 19, 1999


Rich and spoiled Joanna hires country carpenter Dean to build a closet on her yacht. When the two don’t see eye-to-eye, Dean is left unpaid while Joanna sets sail. The following day, Joanna is fished out of the sea, after falling overboard, suffering from amnesia. Dean sees a neat way to regain the money she owes him… he tells her she’s his wife; that way Dean gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids.

Dove Review

Multi-millionaire Joanna Stayton is use to a life of utter luxury where money is absolutely no concern. She and her husband own a yacht and she hires a carpenter to remodel her closet. Being the spoiled, nasty woman that she is, she refuses to pay the carpenter (Dean) even though a mistake that was made was hers. Her life completely changes though when she falls overboard, is picked up by a fishing boat, and ends up with amnesia. Her husband sees her on the news, goes to the hospital and denies that she is his wife. At the same time, Dean sees the story, claims her as his wife and brings her home to his trashed home and four wild boys. The plan is to convince her that this is her life and continue the trick until she has paid off her debt by cooking and cleaning. Instead, she ends up falling in love with Dean and the boys and vice versa. No longer is she a horrid, spoiled woman, but a loving, caring wife and mom. In the end she chooses love and throws her old life “overboard”! This could have been a really cute movie aside from the fact that she ends up leaving her husband for another man and the carpenter takes advantage of her amnesia both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, a good movie is ruined because illicit sex can’t be kept out of the picture!

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None.
Sex: Husband and wife in bed together, man dancing with and kissing “painted ladies”, unmarried man and woman in bed together (sex implied), kissing, the boys see the two in bed and it is no big deal.
Language: None.
Violence: None.
Drugs: Smoking, drinking beer and wine.
Nudity: High-cut bathing suits, man in boxers, man with bare chest, cleavage.
Other: None.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Leslie Dixon
Director: Garry Marshall
Producer: Alexandra Rose
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 106 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor