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Medicine Man

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Adventure-drama has nudity, sexism, occasional language.

Movie PG-13 1992 106 minutes
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A muddled action-adventure in the mould of Romancing the Stone, this 1992 adventure-drama boasts a talented leading duo in Bracco and Connery but not the script to match. As bickering scientists, Medicine Man's two leads never quite convince as either peers or as possible romantic partners. Connery's wayward jungle explorer, Campbell, is a boorish sexist when we meet him and displays only a few redeeming features as we learn more about his work and his past. Likewise, Bracco's superficial transplant from New York City, Crane, is only slightly less self-absorbed by the movie's end.

As the duo search for an elusive cancer cure, there's much holding up of test tubes and looking at print outs, but no real chemistry. The existential threats to the native population matters more, and at its best the movie delivers a search and rescue storyline with a bit more compassion. But the urge to intermittently play things for laughs means we get an awkward fight scene and a drunken character in peril along the way, before a stark tonal shift for the big finale. Essentially the story of two egomaniacs living off the grid, by the end you're happy to leave them to it.

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