Reader review: Romancing the Stone

2012-07-23 08:08
In the 80's, movies that were preferred by the fairer sex received the moniker of “Chick Flick”. 

I’m a huge movie fan, and my favourite movie of all time continues to be an action-adventure romantic comedy chick flick called Romancing the Stone.

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This is not your usual chick flick as it could also be categorised as a guilty pleasure for some guys too!  

In Romancing The Stone, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a famous romance novelist.  When her sister is kidnapped, Joan must go to Columbia on a rescue mission where she meets swashbuckling Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), an adventurer who helps her escape the various bad guys.  There are treasure maps, jungles, romance and crocodiles, but at the end of the battle Jack swims off to retrieve the jewel while Joan returns to New York thinking she’ll never see Jack again. 

This rough and tumble super action-adventure has a witty script and sharp dialogue and the sexual chemistry between Joan and Jack, who are at their prime (she is beautiful and sexy, he is strong and handsome), cannot be denied.  Laced with a sharp sense of humour, comedic relief is provided by Danny de Vito with lots of hilarious and fun moments. 

Filming locations included magnificent Mexico & Philippines and the film was well received by critics and considered by many as one of the best films of 1984.  It helped launch Kathleen Turner to stardom, and reintroduced Michael Douglas as a favourite leading man. 

For me personally, this movie inspired me to want to be a novelist one day, and the mysterious "Jesse" that Joan writes about in her novel in this movie, motivated me to wait on my own "Jesse". 

I knew that one day I too would have a romantic adventure and utter her unforgettable line:  "You’re the best time I've ever had…" during the adventures of my own life!  Don't ask me how many times I’ve viewed this chick flick, and the ending, because even the soundtrack tops some of the best lists.

No matter how many movies I see, Romancing the Stone remains the top Chick Flick!

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