Both characters have a stinger poisoned with sarcasm, here are some of their best lines.
Goldie Hawn’s character Joanna in “Overboard” probably couldn’t run an international fashion magazine such as Miranda’s Priestly’s Runway in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but there are some aspects to her pre-amnesia personality that would have given Miranda a run for her money.
Although Priestly (Meryl Streep) is a trying to run a business from the fast-paced publishing offices in a New York high rise, Joanna runs her staff on a yacht in the middle of the ocean.
They both have many quotable barbs which tend to overpower their staff in very aggressive ways.
Here are some quotes from both “Overboard” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” movies in which the matriarchs' senses of entitlement may come from opposite ends of the business world, but are as effective just the same.
Joanna in “Overboard”: “What is this gelatinous muck? Andrew, when I tell you to pack staples, must I specify that you are to pack good caviar and not this $1.99 fish bait? Caviar should be round, and hard, and of adequate size, and should burst in your mouth at precisely the right moment.”
Miranda in “The Devil Wears Prada”: “Details of your incompetence do not interest me. Tell Simone I'm not going to approve that girl that she sent me for the Brazilian layout. I asked for clean, athletic, smiling. She sent me dirty, tired and paunchy.”
Joanna in “Overboard”: “These gnats keep landing on my wet nail polish. I guess I'm supposed to walk around with their little corpses stuck to my fingers, is that it? …It's easy for you to say. You don't have to sit out here in the brine with your perm frizzing to oblivion. I look like a bushman.”
Miranda in “The Devil Wears Prada”: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.”
Joanna in “Overboard": “Andrew! Are you going to bring me my lemon or do I have to squeeze it from my hat?”
Miranda (Devil): “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.”
Joanna (Overboard): “You know forks were invented so that man could at least make a pretense of separating himself from the apes.”
Miranda (Devil): “You have no sense of fashion.”
Andy: “I think that depends on—“
Miranda: “No, no, that wasn’t a question.”
Although Miranda and Joanna could probably never be friends, (Joanna's style is far too eclectic) their sense of sarcastic timing is impeccable and both seem to use it to run a very tight ship.
You can see and hear more from Goldie Hawn as Joanna in “Overboard” at the Hillcrest Landmark Theatre in Hillcrest on Wednesday, May 18 at 9:15 pm.
“What’s up Doc?” will precede “Overboard” in this double feature starting at 7 pm.
Get your tickets HERE.