Featured In Issue 230, August 2018

WSR Score3.5
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MGM Home Entertainment / Lionsgate
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Suggestive material, partial nudity, and some language
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Rob Greenberg
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"Overboard" is a new take on the iconic romantic comedy. The focus of the story is on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico's richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo's luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast––with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work––for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new "family" and co-workers. But with Leonardo's billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good? (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Rob Greenberg, Writer/Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell; the featurettes "Chemistry Is Comedy" (HD 13:50), "Culture Clash" (HD 06:39) and "Captains Of The Ship: Bob & Rob" (HD 03:56); trailers; upfront previews; and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is acceptable but lacking in the pizazz it should have. Colors at times exhibit good saturation, but at other times the intensity is noticeably weaker. Still, fleshtones are rendered naturally. Contrast is generally good with decent blacks and shadow delineation. Resolution also is decent but not superb. Overall, this is an acceptable viewing experience but a bit inconsistent in quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features an active music score, which generally occupies a background presence, but at times punches through. Atmospherics are nicely supportive with a sound effect here and there for enhanced impact. Dialogue is naturally presented but is wanting in spatial integration. Fidelity is good throughout. Overall, this is a generally typical comedy soundtrack with some surround extension in the music, but still an overall mediocre experience. (Gary Reber)