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Going Overboard
(1989)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 10 Beans

give this film ten beans only because I cannot give it fifteen. Since I started writing for Bad Movie Night, I have rented movies for the purpose of being entertained and writing reviews for them. Now, I have found the worst film I have ever seen. Perhaps it's because I wasn't expecting it. In any case, this is not a film.

It's an endurance test.

Adam Sandler plays Shecky, a waiter on a cruise ship who wants to be a comedian. He got the job as waiter because he didn't get the job as ship comedian. The entire movie is about Shecky and his misadventures on the ship; after a while, General Noriega (Burt Young) sends a couple of inept assassins to kill Miss Australia (Lisa Zane) because she made fun of him. It doesn't make nearly as much sense as you might think.

Shecky talks to the camera constantly, which is usually a bad thing. It certainly is here. In his adventures, he meets ship comedian Dickie Diamond. Dickie swears constantly. That's funny, right? Then there's Adam Rifkin (of "Bikini Squad" and "Psycho Cop Returns") as the singer for a rock band called Yellow Teeth. They perform their hit single "Slap Your Cat." Then it's played again over the end credits. Now, rock star stereotypes are funny, right?

Right?

To give you an idea of just how bad this film is, a friend of mine sat through about ten minutes before getting up, storming out of my room, and slamming the door behind him. It breached his threshold for endurance. The fact that Billy Zane ("Titanic") and Billy Bob Thornton ("Sling Blade," "Armageddon") appear in "Going Overboard" help out a little. The scenes with these characters are pretty much the only scenes in the entire film which are watchable. That's not to say they are the film's redeeming qualities: it has none.

The second half of "Going Overboard" drags badly; of course, with my sense of time as warped as it was by this horror, "the second half" could be the last hour and ten minutes. If you're an Adam Sandler fan, stay away from this film. I don't care if you can recite every one of his lines from "Mixed Nuts." This is a horrible, horrible movie. If you don't like Adam Sandler, you'll have more ammunition when you argue with his fans. Of all the comedies I've seen that weren't funny, "Going Overboard" is the absolute worst. Luckily, it's pretty hard to find.

Don't go looking for trouble is all I'm saying.






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