Going Overboard

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.

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


Shecky Moskowitz (Adam 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 (Scott LaRose), had fallen overboard and drowned. (Dickie actually locked himself in the men's room.) Shecky is nervous about performing, but King Neptune (Billy 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 (Billy Bob 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.



On Rotten Tomatoes the film has 4 reviews listed, all of which are negative.[1]

David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews gave it 0 out of 4 and called "...a slapdash and thoroughly amateurish piece of work that suffers from a total dearth of positive attributes."[2] J.R. Taylor of Entertainment Weekly gave it a grade D.[3]

As of 2021, the film is 15 in IMDB's list of the Bottom 100 Films on the website.[4]


  1. ^ "Babes Ahoy (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  2. ^ David Nusair (2012). "Two Comedies from TVA - Reviews by David Nusair". ReelFilm.com.
  3. ^ J.R. Taylor (August 4, 1995). "Going Overboard". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ "IMDb Bottom 100".

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