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Going Overboard (1989)

R | | Comedy | 12 May 1989 (USA)
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A struggling young comedian takes a menial job on a cruise ship where he hopes for his big chance to make it in the world of cruise ship comedy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Collins ...
Ellen (as Liza Collins Zane)
Tom Hodges ...
Croaker / Miss Spain
Mort Ginsberg (as Pete Berg)
Terrorist Without Shirt
Warren Selko ...
Terrorist with Mustache
King Neptune
Kim Ferrill ...
Miss Ohio


Shecky Moskowitz, a deservedly struggling young comedian, lands a menial job on a cruise ship as the Miss-Universe contest is being held on-board. The Big Man On Deck for this voyage is Dickie Diamond, the ship's comedian and all-around ladies' man. As an assorted array of thugs, Panamanian mercenaries and terrorists try to storm the ship, Shecky hopes for one big chance to prove himself and enter the exciting world of cruise ship comedy. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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12 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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One of the running gag used in this film was Schecky's shirt that keeps on shifting colors after a scene. See more »


General Noriega: ...you left over worthless kangaroo vomit!
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Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield
Performed by Adam Sandler
Sax solo by 'Rev' Dave Boruff
Porduced and Arranged by Nick Allen
Co-Produced Steve Owens
Mixed by Al Phillips
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A parallel of Sandler's early comedic style
2 March 2000 | by (Marin, California) – See all my reviews

This early Adam Sandler film could be compared to his life as a comic during the same period in 1989. His character's constant acknowledgement of his hidden comic genius and frustration regarding humorous material seems to come more from Sandler than the script. The film is nothing compared to his blockbuster feature films, such as Big Daddy or even the corny Billy Maddison. Unfortunately, Sandler had not yet found a way to express himself in a consistent, successful and funny manner when this film was made, much like his character. The majority of the film's "jokes" come from Sandler having conversations with himself, usually over his unrecognised comic talent and beating himself up because he's too ugly and can't get women. The film is hard to watch too because it doesn't treat itself like a real film. Sandler talks to the camera and the viewers throughout the film, often referring to the film's low budget or questionable content. The film is ultimately awkward and embarrassing to watch. I immediately wanted to forget I even saw this film after it was over, for fear that if more found out about it, it would ruin Sandler's career. Pass this one up at the video store, I rented it for free and it was still a waste of time.

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