Are you going to bring me my lemon or do I have to squeeze it from my hat?: My Love Affair with Overboard

I used to work in a video store. It was the best job on the face of the planet. Seriously.  I got to act like a hero and zero out late fees, I miraculously found a size “small” t-shirt which is every teen girl’s dream, and we watched movies non-stop.

While at Video Station, I put a lot of thought into “Annie’s Picks” shelf and knew it was sub-par as compared to my colleagues’ with one exception: Overboard (1987).

Is my love for this film ridiculous? Definitely. But I can’t help it.  Frankly, I am surprised I haven’t been served with a restraining order after all of my stalking insanity.

While I know it’s cliche, my favorite character has to be Goldie’s expert portrayal of Joana “Rich Bitch” Stayton aka Annie Goulahie.

Whenever I have cheese and crackers, I call upon the scene when Joanna likens  a studly Kurt Russell to an animal … and my heart melts. Given that I am from Wisconsin,  we eat a lot of cheese.

Poor Kurt. Source:

In fact, it is the shared love for this movie, and her character in particular, which has forged friendships! OK, that is too much for even me. But I certainly have a special place in my heart for other Overboard-enthusiasts and appreciate their keen senses of humor when I,  say, bring up that dirty old hag, Mrs. Burbridge.

My best friend and I have spent countless hours reciting lines from various scenes, I try to reference the film whenever possible and and have even stumbled into Twitter conversations with strangers based solely on this 1987 hit.

So while perhaps I am diverting a big from January’s Chicago Now’s Blogapalooza theme in that I celebrate the entire film vs. one particular character, I have to admit I have made some instant friends through recognizing a shared-bizarre appreciation of the film that brought Kurt and Goldie together (full script here). Whether or not that is a good thing, has yet to be determined.

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