Going Overboard

Going Overboard
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Directed byValerie Breiman
Produced byMark Daniel Jones
Adam Rifkin
Written byValerie Breiman
Scott LaRose
Adam Rifkin
Adam Sandler
StarringAdam Sandler
Burt Young
Music bySteven "Scooby" Scott Smalley
CinematographyRon Jacobs
Edited byRandy D. Wiles
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Going Overboard is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Valerie Breiman, and stars Adam Sandler in his film debut, Burt Young, Allen Covert, Billy Zane, Terry Moore, Milton Berle and Billy Bob Thornton in a small role. The film was originally released in 1989, but once Sandler became successful after appearing on Saturday Night Live and in the films Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, it was given a wider release by Vidmark Entertainment in 1996.


Shecky Moskowitz (Sandler) is a struggling comedian working on a cruise ship. Shecky gets his chance to be the ship's comedian when it is thought that the regular comedian, Dickie Diamond (LaRose), had fallen overboard and drowned. (Dickie actually locked himself in the men's room) Shecky is nervous about performing, but King Neptune (Zane) convinces him to go for the opportunity by telling Shecky about the power of laughter. Shecky's first performance is very unsuccessful as he is booed off the stage, he is especially heckled by the construction worker Dave (Thornton). However, after a lecture by Milton Berle, Shecky succeeds in making the audience laugh. At that point, the terrorists come onboard and want to kill Miss Australia. Shecky, remembering the advice about the power of laughter, saves her by promising to put the assassins in a film.


Critical reception[edit]

The movie was panned by critics, with only 12% of 23 critics giving it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes. Adam Sandler and Burt Young's performances were both critically panned as well.

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