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The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
  • PG
  • 2h 0m
  • 1988
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Academy Award winners William Hurt and Geena Davis star with Kathleen Turner in this touching story of a travel writer who hates to travel, a man who lives a well-ordered life in his well-ordered world until suddenly everything changes for the Accidental Tourist. When Macon Leary's (Hurt) wife, Sarah (Turner), leaves him, Macon withdraws even further into his protected world. But an event that Macon did not plan and cannot control occurs: He breaks his leg. Now into his well-ordered life enters plucky, outgoing dog trainer Muriel Pritchett (Davis), who determinedly opens Macon's closed life to endless new possibilities. But when Sarah returns, Macon must choose between going back ... or forward.
© 1988 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Generous with its characters' foibles and virtues, The Accidental Tourist is a thoughtful drama vested with insight into the complications of relationships.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
A mature, well-made film for teens and adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a serious film that deals with adult themes of loss, sex, and depression. As such, it's not recommended for all but the most mature preteens and teens. Kids may have a hard time relating to the adult problems and may be disturbed by the weakness of adults portrayed here. They may also be unsympathetic to the carefully drawn characters that resonate with adults. But for families dealing with divorce and other turmoil, the film might be a good way to open the subject of coping with loss and changing family structures.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:December 23, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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