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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent film--mixture of tragedy & comedy
By Lesmiz junkie
The film is an excellent mixture of tragedy, comedy and change. The story is how the loss of a child breaks up a marriage. It shows how change in perspective is required to survive emotionally in life.
I have watched this film many times. Gena Davis definitely earned her Oscar for her performance. As Muriel Pritchett, her quirky, pushy character embraces change and her forging ahead toward the future unravels William Hurt's earnest tidy micromanaging--his way of protecting himself from the cruelty of life.
I will say the film is a little long for some people. I think the reason is that Kathleen Turner's Sarah is shown at the beginning of the film and disappears until the last 1/3 of the film. Many scenes involve her returning to Macon but the viewer may find this connection not nearly as interesting as the first 2/3 of the film.
I will also admit that Macon's siblings remind me of my own family.
The performances of the entire cast are excellent.
As far as how to categorize the film, it reminds me much of a drama/comedy in the quirky vein of "Terms of Endearment".
If you appreciate that type of story telling, I highly recommend "The Accidental Tourist".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By lily t.
Always delightful, this charming, sad and quirky story of grief, lost love and recovery never fails to please. The characters are so original and funny, the story so poignant, the journey from deep sadness to joy so well told, as the profoundly introverted main character, Macon Leary, finds healing and new love with a most peculiar dog trainer after the death of his son.
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The DVD print is excellent. This is a sobering movie
By Fred Cordiano
I had this movie on VHS.
The DVD print is excellent.
This is a sobering movie, the death of a child and marriage.
Gena Davis is on the top of her game here.