When Severin announced that they would license the MGM film Overboard (1987) many fans of '80s cinema was 'over' joyed while some others were upset that they went "mainstream". But, you know what? Severin has for decades now put out quality off-beat cinema and I would argue Overboard fits snuggly into that category. A rich woman named heiress named Joanna (Goldie Hawn) hires Dean (Kurt Russell) to fix her boat. She has a pretty bad accident which leaves her memory completely wiped. Dean, decides to gaslight Joanna into thinking they are married and in order to have someone to take care of himself, the house and his house full of boys. Meanwhile, her real husband Grant (Edward Hermann) sees this as a chance to leave Joanna and plays along. And, because it was the '80s this is a screwball comedy!
I have to say that I am DEEPLY fascinated with Overboard. Not because its a great or hell, even good movie but just how strange it is. I have to say from the outset the plot of Overboard is one of those "played-for-laughs" narratives that if you even take a few seconds to really think about is deeply upsetting. It's basically about a psycho that gaslights a woman and tricks her into being a servant to his brats who display many MANY warning signs of psychopathy. Here's the thing though. Creator intent is very important when re-evaluating any work of art and, Garry Marshall and Leslie Dixon (a female creator) did not I'm sure see this as dark or disturbing. Its worth noting that Dixon screenwriting credits include many classics including: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Freaky Friday (2003 remake) and Hairspray (2007) (musical remake).