Cinema: Educating Joan

ROMANCING THE STONE

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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