The Accidental Tourist – Filtered

Theatrical Release: December 23, 1988
DVD Release: June 1, 2004


Director Lawrence Kasdan and Frank Galati adapted their screenplay for The Accidental Tourist from Anne Tyler’s novel. William Hurt plays Macon Leary, a well-known “travel advisor” headquartered in Baltimore. The tragic death of Leary’s son causes him to withdraw from the world, which in turn prompts his wife (Kathleen Turner) to walk out on him. Recuperating from a broken leg, Leary moves in with his sister (Amy Wright) and brothers (Ed Begley Jr., David Ogden Stiers)-staid middle-aged intellectuals all. Discipline problems with his dead son’s dog lead Leary to hire flaky professional dogwalker/trainer Muriel Pritchett (Geena Davis, who won an Oscar for her performance). The only non-uptight person within shouting distance, Muriel begins to melt Leary’s self-protective shell. Once his wife realizes that she has some competition, she makes moves to get him back. But he has by now become accustomed to Muriel’s unfettered lifestyle.

Dove Review

“The Accidental Tourist” was sort of depressing as a couple faces the horrible reality of losing their twelve-year-old son. The film does a great job of showing the ups and downs in a marriage after such a loss and you really want to reach out and help comfort the characters.The acting was only okay and the main character had a monotone voice and expressionless face throughout which made it hard to concentrate on it. Still, they managed to elicit sympathy from this viewer. The film contained implied fornication with nothing graphic on screen. This one is approved for ages twelve and above.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sex implied between unmarried couple, man and woman laying in bed together. Kissing.
Language: None
Violence: Dog bites man's hand.
Drugs: Medication is consumed.
Nudity: Short skirt, cleavage.
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Producer: Michael Grillo
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 121 min.
Reviewer: Debbie Satala