THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST REVIEWED
“The Accidental Tourist” is a pretty depressing movie. An older guy has a hard time dealing with the death of his 12 year old son. So, he splits up with his wife and sets out to handle his book obligations. While he’s supposed to be a travel writer for the housebound, he can’t get past his crippling depression. That’s when he meets Geena Davis aka The Forerunner of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Davis won an Oscar for fulfilling America’s desire to marvel at a dog trainer who isn’t a complete weirdo.
So much of the film is emotional wish fulfillment for the depressive male. William Hurt barely does anything to turn his life around, but Turner and Davis can’t seem to leave his only in the 80s ass alone. When Kasdan started as a director, the immense promise was staggering. If you want to be a Negative Nelly, you could see this as the road to his later bits of meh. Sure, Geena Davis offers up a stellar performance. But, that performance is tied to its uniqueness in history.
If this film dropped a decade later, it never would’ve got Oscar attention.
- Intro by Kasdan
- Scene-Specific Commentary by Geena Davis
- Lifted Scenes
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0