Cinema: Educating Joan


Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Screenplay by Diane Thomas

Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is the kind of romance novelist who cries over her own happy endings and then puts a sprig of parsley on her cat's dinner so he can join in celebrating the completion of another bodice-ripping yarn. Because her life is not quite the page turner that her novels are, it is the cheerful, if improbable, business of Romancing the Stone to transform her into a reasonable facsimile of one of her own adventuresses lost in the Colombian jungle. Michael Douglas plays the footloose fellow who helps...

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