The Tourist

Theatrical Release: December 10, 2010
The Tourist


An American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart is seduced by Elise, a beautiful woman who deliberately crosses his path, and becomes ensnared in an international plot involving Interpol and the Russian mafia who both mistake him for a criminal mastermind. This movie stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Dove Review

Some people enjoy a big twist at the end of the movie. This film definitely offers one but after going along on the ride for over 100 minutes, I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending. The film stretches the imagination just a bit but for the most part is entertaining and very funny, frequently, thanks largely due to Johnny Depp, who is a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow, James Bond, and the kindest teacher you ever had. In fact, he plays a teacher from Wisconsin named Frank Tupelo. When a woman named Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) picks him up on a train by showing an interest in him, because he looks like her lover which the police are after, she soon realizes that her wish to protect the money launderer from the cops might be compromised because she begins to fall in love with Frank. Yet she endangers his life and then comes to his rescue on several occasions.

In one of his humorous scenes Frank is speaking with a police officer and the question is whether or not he will be charged with murder or attempted murder due to a misunderstanding. According to Frank, attempted murder is a downgrade from a murder charge, but an upgrade compared to room service!

There are a lot of players in this game, including a gangster who wants Elise’s lover, perhaps worse than she does. Again, the film features some daring escapes, action sequences and some romance to boot but the ending will not leave the viewer in the middle. Viewers will either love it or hate it. At any rate, due to strong language we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing; a few statements by a gangster that he had his wife's lovers killed.
Language: P-1; F-1; S-2; G/OMG-3; A-1; B-1; H-4; Moron-2; Idiots-1
Violence: A few characters are shot at and three villains are shot and killed with a little blood shown; man's head is hit by boat; man is punched in stomach.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including the consumption of wine; several smoking scenes (cigarettes).
Nudity: Cleavage; woman's thigh seen in undergarments.
Other: Betrayal.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck & Christopher McQuarrie
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Producer: Gary Barber
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 104 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter