The Accidental Tourist
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William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis. An author of travel books who is coping with his son's death and his wife's departure has his outlook on life brightened by an offbeat dog trainer. Davis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress from one of four total nominations. 1988/color/121 min/PG.
- Introduction by director Lawrence Kasdan
- Scene-specific commentary by Geena Davis
- Featurette "It's Like Life"
- Lifted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
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I have watched this film many times. Gena Davis definitely earned her Oscar for her performance. As Muriel Pritchett, her quirky, pushy character embraces change and her forging ahead toward the future unravels William Hurt's earnest tidy micromanaging--his way of protecting himself from the cruelty of life.
I will say the film is a little long for some people. I think the reason is that Kathleen Turner's Sarah is shown at the beginning of the film and disappears until the last 1/3 of the film. Many scenes involve her returning to Macon but the viewer may find this connection not nearly as interesting as the first 2/3 of the film.
I will also admit that Macon's siblings remind me of my own family.
The performances of the entire cast are excellent.
As far as how to categorize the film, it reminds me much of a drama/comedy in the quirky vein of "Terms of Endearment".
If you appreciate that type of story telling, I highly recommend "The Accidental Tourist".
The DVD print is excellent.
This is a sobering movie, the death of a child and marriage.
Gena Davis is on the top of her game here.
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