Darling Companion

Rated PG-13 103 min. 2012

Beth (Diane Keaton) is the neglected wife of God-complex doctor Joseph (Kevin Kline) who has an inflated sense of his own importance and few interests outside of his work. Abandoned on the marital front, Beth channels her energies into her grown children and grandchildren until she discovers an abandoned dog by the roadside. She takes it home and names it Freeway. An empty-nest mother craving affection and finding none of it from her husband, Beth is devastated when Joseph then loses Freeway during a walk at their Rocky Mountains vacation home, where the family has lingered on after the wedding of their daughter Grace (Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss). Also in attendance at the cabin: Joseph’s sister Penny (Dianne Wiest), her middle-aged slacker boyfriend Russell (Richard Jenkins), and Penny’s doctor son Bryan (the ubiquitous Mark Duplass). Adding a taste of the exotic to the white bread proceedings is the cabin’s sexy live-in caretaker Carmen (Ayelet Zurer). The assembled friends and family all fan out through the mountain trails and rustic town in a desperate search for the dog. In a paint-by-numbers scheme, that quest to find a missing dog becomes an occasion for alienated family members to reconnect and, in one case, for love to blossom. In the end, you don’t have to be a tea-leaf reader to see Darling Companion’s wrap-up from a mile away.

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Official Site: www.darlingcompanion.com

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan

Cast: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ayelet Zurer and Jay Ali

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