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Darling Companion

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG-13 — for some sexual content including references, and language
  • Director: Lawrence Kasdan   Cast: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
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Genre

Drama

Distributor

Sony Pictures Classics

Release Date

Apr 20, 2012

Release Notes

NY/LA

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Review

Lawrence Kasdan’s heartfelt ensemble drama Darling Companion is heartbreakingly limp. Co-written by Kasdan’s wife, Meg, it has the shapeless spread of nonfiction, of a home movie with a hint of that newfangled mumblecore thing the kids these days are into. In the first part, a doctor’s lonely wife, Beth (Diane ­Keaton), and her single daughter (Elisabeth Moss) find an injured dog by the side of the road. A year later, the daughter is married and the pooch has moved to the center of Beth’s life—whereupon her husband (Kevin Kline) loses it in the mountains. Characters played by Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass, and Ayelet Zurer (as a housekeeper with, gulp, second sight) bicker and bond in the course of the search. But if you can stay awake, you’ll see a performance by ­Keaton that is radiant in its simplicity, all ditheriness shaken off. She’s still ­peaking—­someone give her a great role.

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