Romancing The Stone (1984)

Comedic in good ways and bad, fun for the unexpected acting of kathleen turner and the verve of a young Michael douglas.

Regan Humphrey

Shy, skittish romance novelist (and devoted cat mom), Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), is ejected from her comfort zone, after traveling to Colombia to bargain for her sister’s life with a map that leads to a South American treasure.. While being pursued by her sister’s kidnappers and the Colombian secret police, Joan meets Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), a halfhearted American smart mouth who agrees to help her for a price.


Soundtrack: 10%
Story: 100%
Writing: 50%
Diversity: 100%
Daring: 100%
Racism: PERVASIVE – 100%
Gender Bias: PERVASIVE – 90%
Homophobia: PRESENT – 20%

From the violent, chaotic, corrupt, thug portrayals of Colombians, to the racial and homophobic slurs, this film left much to be desired in the way of social justice. That said, the magic of this film is its orbit around an unusual heroine—one whose lack of sultry unavailability and inexplicable sex appeal make her a rare 80s heroine, one who most certainly would not have been written by a man.

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