The Accidental Tourist (1988) (mini-review++)

accidentaltourist-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 9

directing 8

effects 7

editing 7

writing 8


4 out of 5 🐙


I was 14 when this movie came out so the last thing I wanted to see was a drama/romance about a middle-aged William Hurt getting over the death of his young son. I was pushing off watching this one but I am committed to my quest so I fired it up today. Again, I love it when a movie surprises me. I expected to slog through this. But I loved it. First, a major plot device is a dog. That already earns the movie 3 octopuses for me. Just kidding. A little bit. The dialogue is sharp and witty and feels real. making dialogue seem real and entertaining simultaneously is a major achievement. William Hurt, Geena Davis, and Kathleen Turner all give excellent performances. It’s really just an acting class given by three professors though Davis and Hurt are the clear leads. And it manages to feel vibrant and, I know this is going to sound weird,  light despite having an incredibly depressing backdrop. Also, the very last camera shot is simply beautiful and clever; one of the best final shots I’ve ever seen.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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