One of my favorite movies of my teen years now has a special edition DVD available: Romancing the Stone.
Although the movie was made because Michael Douglas wanted to do something fun he could watch with his kid, I love it because it’s Spider-Man for girls.
A nerdy romance novelist who only talks to her cat and her man-hungry editor (the always engrossing Holland Taylor) does something completely out of character (travels to Mexico pretending to be Columbia) in order to rescue her sister. Along the way she discovers her true abilities, impressing a local druglord with her writing talent, becoming a glamorous, able, sexy woman, and getting a gorgeous guy.
I guess that’s not so much Spider-Man as your classic Frog Prince setup, where given the right circumstances, the duckling becomes the swan. There’s even a fairy-tale like quest and a buried treasure.
It’s a great combination of adventure, comedy, and romance in a beautiful, exotic setting. I love the score, too. That cha-cha-flavored instrumental when the boat sails in… very evocative.
It’s also available in a two-pack with its sequel, Jewel of the Nile.