|THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST (director/writer: Lawrence Kasdan; screenwriters: from the novel by Anne Tyler/Frank Galati; cinematographer: John Bailey; editor: Carol Littleton; music: John Williams; cast: William Hurt (Macon Leary), Kathleen Turner (Sarah Leary), Geena Davis (Muriel Pritchett), Amy Wright (Rose Leary), Bill Pullman (Julian), Ed Begley Jr (Charles Leary), Robert Gorman (Alexander Pritchett), Bradley Mott (Mr. Loomis); Runtime: 121; MPAA Rating: ; producers: Lawrence Kasdan/Charles Okun/Michael Grillo; Warner Home Video; 1988)|
emotional complexities unearthed are
by Dennis Schwartz
Kiss"/"Mumford"/"Dreamcatcher") directs and co-writes
with Frank Galati this under-rated
romantic comedy/drama. The emotional complexities
unearthed are distinctly adult. The acting is
top-notch. It's based on the 1985 novel by Anne
Leary (William Hurt) is an uptight wealthy
Baltimore travel book writer, whose adolescent son was
shot dead in a burgher joint robbery.
opening scene, Macon's wife Sarah (Kathleen
Turner) suddenly leaves
him. Helping Macon recover from the shocking loss of
his family and his non-communication with the outside
world, is the kooky single mom dog trainer Muriel
Pritchett (Geena Davis).
Mixing laughs and melancholy over the situation, the film becomes a sharply observed character study of the depressed loner Hurt character as he begins a live-in relationship with the exuberant but vulnerable working-class girl portrayed by Geena and her son (Robert Gorman). It's a very different one from his married relationship.
REVIEWED ON 7/14/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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