Forget all the glaring plot holes, that wasn’t the point of this movie. Overboard was all about showing the other half the simpler and in some cases downtrodden part of life that they didn’t realize was going on beyond their fancy lifestyles. Of course it was also to show the supposedly downtrodden how to appreciate what they had and take care of it as well. As the wise butler in the film pointed out most people tend to go through life with blinders on, knowing just that one station to which they’ve been born. Yet when you take the blinders off and understand that life is in fact a great deal more than your own personal experience, then you have a choice to make. Do you embrace the wider world or stay put in your own little existence?
The movie showed that how you choose to live is not what defines you, it’s how you live with what you have.
10. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn’s kids were always on set.
Their youngest actually took his first steps on set. It was no doubt comforting to have them there at all times.
9. Russell’s pickup truck was used later on in Christmas Vacation.
Recall the old, beat-up truck that was tailgating the Griswold’s on their way to get a Christmas tree. This is the same truck.
8. The members of the crew on the yacht kept falling asleep.
The rocking motion of the yacht would continually lull them to sleep, making filming a bit difficult.
7. Everything in the film was authentic.
A good example was the bowling alley. Nothing in there was touched, everything is just the way it looks in real life.
6. The Pee Wee Herman voice was improvised.
The character of Joe made this up on the fly since the Pee Wee bit wasn’t in the script at all.
5. The director allowed his actors to improvise a lot.
It’s hard to know just what was improvised and what wasn’t without being told since everything seems to flow so smoothly.
4. Hawn and Russell hosted a BBQ for the whole cast and crew.
You get the feeling that even if they weren’t all close there was a good deal of respect between the crew and cast members.
3. John Candy was considered for the role of Billy.
At the time that he was considered for the role John was filming Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with Steve Martin.
2. One of the kids was so rowdy on the set that the director had to step in frequently.
It would seem that the actor playing Joey wasn’t just acting a lot of the time, he was actually this rowdy. The director had to get after him quite a bit to calm him down.
1. Hector Elizondo has a cameo in the film.
Hector played in the film Necessary Roughness as the head coach, and he’s been seen most recently as Ed on Last Man Standing up until it was cancelled.
This had to be one of the funniest movies ever made and yet it’s got such a great life lesson too.
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