Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a famous romance novelist. A hopeless romantic, she is still single. She lives in New York City and is used to city life.
All that changes when her sister is kidnapped down in Columbia. She quickly takes off to ransom her, bringing the treasure map that the kidnappers demand. But when she gets on the wrong bus, she is stranded and meets up with Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas), an American. Unfortunately, she is being followed by several goons. Can Jack keep her safe? Will Joan ever find true love? Who will get the treasure? And will Joan's sister be rescued?
This movie is obviously 80's fluff with plenty of cheese, and some of the effects show their age. But it is plenty of fun. After a slow start, the film quickly picks up speed and become quite addicting. There are several great action sequences. But there are also plenty of laughs between the one liners and the bumbling bad guy played by Danny DeVito. I felt the romance was rather forced most of the time, but by the end I bought into it.
The film is rated PG, but that is only because PG-13 hadn't been invented yet. The film is filled with bad language, mostly the "S" word, and there's plenty of violence to go around as well.
Mostly, this is a fun though dated adventure romance. It should please just about everyone who can enjoy the 80's feel.