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Release year: 1987
Director: Garry marshall
Screenwriter: Leslie Dixon
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, Mike Hagerty, Roddy McDowall, Jared Rushton
Dean (Russell) is hired by the arrogant and snobbish rich socialite Joanna (Hawn) to renew the wardrobe closet on her yacht. Unsatisfied with his job, she throws him overboard without paying him. So, when Dean discovers Joanna has fallen overboard and is fished out of the sea with amnesia, he makes plan to earn his money. He claims she is his wife and lets her work hard for her money, taking care of him, his house and his four kids.
Directed by the director known for movies like Pretty Woman (1990) and The Princess Diaries (2001), the tone is set for some light-hearted rom-com. Starring real life couple Hawn (Death becomes Her, 1992) and Russell (Escape From L.A., 1996), the movie is a delightful take on the fish-out-of-water concept often used in comedies. Hawn is just as good at playing snob as playing charming and Russell adds charm to his hillbilly style carpenter as we entertainingly watch the two of them go through growth as characters. Many amusing scenes makes the movie appear a farce, but there are more layers to this 1980s comedy classic, which deals with themes of materialism, family, home and love. McDowall (Fright Night, 1985) is a delight as the butler and all four kids does a good job. A warm and witty screwball comedy which biggest failure is how cute it is.
Hector Elizondo stars as the carbage scow skipper. Director Garry Marshall considered him his good luck charm and cast him in every single movie he made, whether bigger parts or just cameos like here.