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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
At the biggining of the movie I was interested in the story, but as it went on and on and on and on...It lost its flavor. Geena Davis's character had so much potential but her character was never fully developed! The movie dragged on through boring scene after boring scene in the last 30-20 minutes and had me nodding off.
It almost seemed to me as if the writers started out writing about the main character, but just couldn't stay on track - and the movie reflects that by going off on tangents about irrelevant, boring scraps of storyline.
This movie is a quirky sort of drama. I enjoyed the book by Anne Tyler when I read it quite a few years ago. The story moves slowly, which is nice. It becomes much more alive with the entrance of the colorful and offbeat dog walker played by Geena Davis. Her sensitivity does much to help a withdrawn travel writer heal after his young son was tragically killed. His eccentric family members are sort of interesting as well.