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The Jewel of the Nile

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Reunited and it feels so bad.

Movie PG 1985 106 minutes
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Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas turn in listless performances in a rip-off story that lacks the sparkle and drive of the first movie. Despite the fact that THE JEWEL OF THE NILE begins with a wedding, romance is entirely absent from this sequel. And the bigger explosions and chase sequences don't make up for the missing war-of-the-sexes energy. In the few scenes when the story does try to create something like sexual tension, the two leads come off as mean and spiteful.

Turner's Joan Wilder, naive but intelligent in the first movie, comes across as dull-witted here. Equally damaging to the movie is the lack of comic timing. In the first movie it's exquisite; here the jokes seem labored. And Danny Devito's character, a very funny bit player the first time, is tasteless and annoying in a more featured role. The movie is also a rip-off of the Indiana Jones series. The desert setting, the plane firing as it circles on the ground, the rats, the torture scene over the pit, the Nazi-like rally -- all these scenes were borrowed.

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