Overboard (1987)

Episode 110 (April 12, 2024)

Look, you shouldn’t kidnap a woman who has suffered a traumatic brain injury and then imprison her for months, lying to her about who she is in order to get her to clean your house and raise your kids. It’s not an ideal way to start a relationship. That is something we believe. But when you’re Kurt Russell and you do it? Well then we’re having a different conversation. We’re talking about the rom-com classic from 1987, Garry Marshall’s Overboard! Plus, a lot of talk about an ass crack and its centrality to the plot. 

Time stamps:

00:04:17 — Our personal histories with Overboard and Goldie & Kurt

00:09:15 — Pre-movie predictions

00:20:33 — History segment: The real-life news story that inspired this script; career overviews of director Garry Marshall and stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

00:34:51 — In-depth movie discussion

01:42:26 — Final thoughts and star ratings

Artwork by Laci Roth.

Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC).

Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode:
“Your Ambition” – https://youtu.be/ZHudVTCkrQY
“Winston-Salem” – https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
“Snake Drama” – https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
“The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” – https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ


“The Forgotten Sorrows of Jane Doe” by Lynn Darling | The Washington Post, 1981 – https://wapo.st/3vRQtEf

“Jane Doe settles in to family life” | UPI, 1981 – https://bit.ly/49ygGVW 

“30 Years Later: Why Overboard Needed Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell” by Garin Pirnia | Vanity Fair, 2017 – https://bit.ly/4b94mgr

“A Look Back at Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Enduring Romance in Photos” by Grace Gavilanes | People, 2024 – https://bit.ly/4aydj2M 

“Swing Shift – A Tale of Hollywood” by Steve Vineberg | Originally published in Sight & Sound Winter 1990/91, republished by BFI, 2017 – https://bit.ly/3Q0oWqT