The Accidental Tourist

1988 PG 2h 1m DVD

The Accidental Tourist

1988 PG 2h 1m DVD
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An author of travel guides (William Hurt) must come to terms with the tragic murder of his young son and his estranged wife. But things begin to look up when he meets a lovely, kooky dog trainer (Geena Davis) who definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. Davis won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in this faithful adaptation of Ann Tyler's novel, which itself won A National Book Critics Circle Award.
William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Pullman, Robert Hy Gorman
Lawrence Kasdan
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

An unwed couple live together, but the sex is only suggested. A married couple start to undress each other, but nothing is shown.


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Social Behavior

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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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