Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's a Helluva Day at Sea, Sir!

Everyone has them: movies you love that don't seem to get the credit you feel they deserve. The underrated gems. The cult classics or even the should-be-cult classics.

Here is one of mine: Overboard. This 1987 romantic comedy paired Hollywood dream couple (they are STILL together, people) Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Playing against type, Hawn is a rich not-nice-person-that-rhymes-with-witch who hires a "sweaty carpenter" to build a closet on her yacht. She ends up insulting the carpenter and then promptly falls off her boat and gets amnesia, and he ends up tricking her into thinking she's his hicktown wife and mother to this four hellraiser boys.

It was the 80s. Plots could be like this. In other words, weird, original, and hilarious.

First of all, Overboard is FUNNY. I could, and sometimes do, quote lines from it all day long ("I think I [hack] just swallowed a bug," "I was short AND fat?" "Normally, you look real pretty. You just don't now."). Second of all, the chemistry between Hawn and Russell is undeniably sizzling. Also, Kurt Russell manages to look dreamy donning a mullet and overalls. A cinematic feat if there ever was one.

If you haven't seen this fabulous comedy, I highly recommend it. And if you have seen it, then I need to ask: "No Boom Boom?"

What are some of your favorite underrated films?


  1. I thought I was the only one who stopped to watch this movie when flipping through the channels! The poison ivy, the plates stuck to her hands, the way she's soooooo terribly rude and stuck up at the beginning. So funny!
    Hmm, another underrated movie (maybe? don't hear people talk about it much) is The Legend of Billie Jean. I LOVED it. Fair is fair! *fist pump*

  2. Oooh, I haven't seen that one. Will have to Netflix!

  3. I love Overboard so much! I watched it over and over as a child (although the creepy misogynistic undertones completely escaped me back then and now I just ignore them because I love it so much).

    Favorite lines: "This is a job for Doctor Death!"

    "Aaaahhh, Tofutti. Where are you when I need you?"

    Favorite moments: -When Goldie Hawn snaps and sprays everyone with a hose despite the plates stuck to her hand.

    -When Goldie Hawn defends her boys from the mean teacher.

    My fave underrated movie: Ernest Goes to Camp

  4. Honey you gotta remember, you were in the Navy!!