Monday, April 3, 2017

Jewel of the Nile

Jewel of the Nile is a 1980's movie, the sequel to Romancing the Stone. The series is about an author, who writes ridiculous action romance novels. Thanks to convoluted events, she ends up living out a real-life action romance adventure.

It's not really a movie series. It's just one movie and a sequel. They were clearly hoping to turn it into a franchise with this one, but things didn't work out. I suspect it's because this movie was not as good as the first and it was clearly more expensive. There are numerous, gratuitous crowd scenes that just scream "lots of money". I can't help but feel they should have cut back on one of those scenes and put more money into the climactic "person walks through fire" scene, which had some awful green screen.

The story is that our heroes have to stop an evil dictator in North Africa by smuggling a religious leader across the country. The leader's title is "Jewel of the Nile", hence the movie's title. He is also fantastic in this movie and steals the show. So much that I looked him up, only to be disappointed he didn't do anything else.

This movie could not be made today. There is some racist material against North African Muslims, mostly coming from Danny DeVito's character. Danny DeVito plays a New York thug who hates everyone, and there's a lot of slapstick comic relief where he gets hurt. He's basically Joe Pesci from Home Alone, only he's allowed to swear. There is also an extended scene of native North Africans, which feels racist. The primitive people put on a tribal dance for the amusement of the white people. The dance includes twerking and full frontal nudity. My wife and I fast-forwarded through it, as well as the sex scene which followed.

The movie is rated PG, but it should be rated R for violence, swearing, sex and nudity.

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