If you take Raiders of the Lost Ark, and turn it into a romantic comedy, you get Romancing the Stone (1984).Â Â This one is a little more popular and had a much bigger box office than the other movies I have listed in the TripleVenit Late Night Movie Club so far, but apparently at least around here, very few people seem to remember, or even have heard of this film, which was the first big breakout for Director Robert Zemeckis.Â (Zemeckis’ next film would be Back to the Future).
In this story Joan Wilder (Turner),Â a romance novelist has her peaceful, serene and somewhat mundane life turned on its head, when she receives a map in the mail from her recently murdered Brother-In-Law, and her sister is kidnapped by Columbians that want the map that Joan has received.
She decides to take the journey, and along the way meets Jack Colton (Douglas), a free-spirited adventurer who while used to only caring about himself gets roped into helping Joan.
They need to try and save Joan’s sister, but they must first survive various different groups that are out to get the map.Â And what does the map reveal?Â Should they follow the map?Â As I said, this is a comedy, so while the movies has adventures, action (and snakes) much like an Indiana Jones film, silly and hillarious situations also ensue.Â Â And of course, you get a somewhat cliche, but classic (with a twist) happy ever after ending. (which I will not spoil).