Going Overboard (1989) - Comedy

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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.

IMDB: 1.8
Director: Valerie Breiman
Stars: Adam Sandler, Billy Bob Thornton
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 55 out of 150 found boring (36.66%)

One-line Reviews (83)

despite my preconceptions of this film i actually enjoyed it.

Not only because of the p***-poor camera work and the god-awful acting, but because there is no script.

However, as it is, the ridiculous plot is actually dragged further into the abyss by the awful one liners delivered by the finest comedian of our generation.

Bottom Line: Truly awful, maybe the worst movie in the history of the universe.

But if you decide to waste your time on this movie, don't say I didn't warn you.

There was no plot and no point.

ITS unwatchable and only funny to laugh at, at best.

Until this moment in time I thought Hard To Kill was the worst movie I had ever seen.

Many scenes drag on and there are many pointless appearances including Burt Young and Billy Zane.

it's jarring yet also boring...

The lethargic and pointless narrative is worsened by constantly cutting away to Miss Universal confessionals, ridiculous dream sequences, and Burt Young as General Noriega who is actually watching the film itself on VHS, who defends his honor by shouting at the TV, "We'll see who gets the last laugh, you left over worthless kangaroo vomit!

The story plods along to the incessant sounds of a steal drum calypso, bland jazz, and cheap Muzak, also the actual presentation style is curious and inconsistent.

You know that show on the SciFi Channel in which some guy and his muppet-machines spoof the most unwatchable horror flicks (Mystery Science Theatre).

Also on bored (sic) is mellow "Yellow Teeth" rock star Adam Rifkin (as Croaker), a bunch of beauty contestants in skimpy bathing suits, and a gang of card-carrying members of the SAG.

This HAS to be the worst movie I've ever attempted to watch.

Terrible acting, terrible taste, no plot, no storyline, just ewww...

It uses tired, bottom of the barrel comedic techniques - consistently breaking the fourth wall as Sandler talks to the audience, and seemingly pointless montages of 'hot girls'.

Literally nothing happened in the half hour or so I saw.

The back of the box said it was hilarious, more like tedious is you ask me.

Truly a slow and painful death.

only movie EVER that I have walked out on...

I understand that this is early in his career but this is the worst movie i ever bought.

In my opinion, a good comedy needs no plot, or maybe more accurately if your situations and characters are funny enough, it doesn't matter what your plot is.

I couldn't even watch it all the way through, it was so badly acted, and it had very little plot.

Throw in a couple of terrorists who are supposed to kill a girl on the ship but decide they too want to be comedians, a visibly low budget and a whole bunch of corny, disgusting and dull jokes and you've got the recipe used for Going Overboard, which should really just be thrown overboard.

Now, this is a technique that can work if utilized properly, but here, it seems forced and contrived, and it never really adds to the proceedings.

this movie is a total waste of space and time.

Going bored .

This movie, in my opinion, was the WORST movie EVER made,....

Much of the humor is too drawn out, or too brief.

In my opinion, Don't buy this movie, its a waste of money

It's like watching a painfully dull home movie.

Where can i begin when talking about how bad this movie is, i guess i can start with saying its in my top 10 worst movies of all time.

The acting is uniformly abysmal, with Sandler alternating between trying way too hard in one scene, to looking bored and just reading his lines in the next.

This is easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Absolute Waste Of Time .

There is no plot.

Seriously the worst movie of all time .

I was thoroughly bored and for a film about a stand up comedian, I couldn't recall one joke or funny line worthy of the description.

The pacing is painfully slow.

The story is scattered and one-dimensional, the subplots feel contrived and out of place, and almost everyone in this movie seems as though they try way too hard for a laugh, including Sandler.

thats right mind numbing boredom is better...

About 3 weeks later I sold it at a yard sale for $3.00.Two days ago I found it on the "The 100 worst movies of all-time"list,and wanted to write a little something about it.

No plot, no acting, no comedy, no budget.

Overall it's the worst movie I've ever seen.

it's the kinda film you should watch when you're having a really boring day and have nothing else to do.

Worst movie...

i mean, it is adam's first movie, but i still find him enjoyable to watch, the 2 cuban terrorists are hilarious, and you even have Allen Covert as the bartender.

For some odd reason - while I think the film does move kinda slow - I do find parts of it quite funny.

Adam Sandler is a great comedian and he would eventually hit his stride with films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, but what we have here is a disjointed mess of potentially good gags and characters ruined by horrible acting and an even worse script.

Don't waste your time.

Coming from a non-Adam Sandler fan, but liking his performances in Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, The Wedding Singer, Spanglish and Happy Gilmore, Going Overboard is down there with Jack and Jill and Little Nicky as the worst movie that he ever did, it really is that bad.

This film contains no funny moments, and features a complete lack of plot, my friend bought it on dvd, and after enduring a nightmare hour and a half, he proceeded to break the dvd with a spoon (the only weapon available at the time), so no one else in our house would have to endure it, PLEASE do not buy this film, no matter how cheap it is, if you are Sandler fans, there is no reason to buy it, also if you want to see it because of Burt Young, do yourself a favour, just go and watch Rocky again, believe me you'll feel better for it.

Hats off to superbly entertaining commentary, and thanks - you saved my day.

I won't rip on Adam Sandler because we all know him well enough to just accept the bad movies, but this movie is so mundane and uninteresting that it's hard to even consider it inoffensive.

So, if you're REALLY bored, go rent it.

this is painfully unfunny and tedious.

This is a story of gibberish that was so boring that you could not keep up with what was happening on the screen.

Other than that, dont waste your money.

This film was painfully unfunny, awful and just plain dull.

This movie is by far the worst movie ever made.

Unfunny, unimaginative, unwatchable.

Please Don't Waste Your Time .

This movie earns its title as the worst movie I have ever seen in my life.

It was also way too long.

this was one of the worst movies i've ever seen.

His name crops up in several of the worst movies of all time, and he is a decent actor.

With unrealistic dialogue, and empty characters - this film is devoid of conflict and tension, making it at true struggle to actually sit through.

Worst Movie Ever .

lolTop 2 worst movies Going overboard Sugar and Spice

The worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life .

Worst plot, Worst script, Worst movie I have ever seen.

The Characters were bland, the story didn't make sense, the directing was absolutely shocking and the person who wrote this should be assassinated.

I ended up putting the disc in the microwave it was so bad i fell asleep halfway through and my mom had to wake me up.

And even worse than the lack of story line was the parts when Sandler would just begin talking into the camera at random parts in the movie, it reminded me of Dora the Explorer when they turn and look at the screen and ask you questions.

The movie assaults the viewer with dull comedy which is apparently supposed to be funny because it is so bad.

Pulling your teeth out might be more enjoyable then this flick.

it is just so painfully boring, I regretted watching literally every scene.

Was it the broken and predictable structure of the story?

Pass this one up at the video store, I rented it for free and it was still a waste of time.

quite entertaining .

perhaps the worst movie ever made .

Going Nowhere .