Recently I watched a 1988 movie called The Accidental Tourist. It is very good.
William Hurt plays Macon Leary, a man who writes guidebooks for traveling business people. When his 12-year old son is killed during a robbery, his life is changed forever (talk about understatement). His wife, played by Kathleen Turner, leaves him a year after the killing and moves into her own apartment.
When the family dog becomes uncontrollable, Macon looks for someone to train the dog. He meets Muriel, an unconventional, free spirit who not only changes the dog's behavior but also Macon's. Geena Davis won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.
While Macon's family does not accept Muriel because she is ... different, it is obvious they are oblivious to their own lifestyle. Macon's two 40 something, single brothers live in the family home along with their sister, Rose. They never answer the ringing telephone, play a card game they invented and take unconventional to a new level.
When Macon's wife attempts to reconcile after a year, Macon tries to make it work again. But he has changed. At one point he looks at Kathleen Turner's character and says "I do love you but I do not like the person I am when I am with you."
The movie is based on the 1985 book by the same name.
If you have not seen the movie or read the book, I highly recommend either or both. The story is an excellent study of human behavior and one that certainly makes a person think.
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