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Darling Companion [Blu-ray] (2012)

Diane Keaton , Kevin Kline , Lawrence Kasdan  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Meg Kasdan
  • Producers: Andrew Peterson, Anthony Bregman, Christine K. Walker, Elizabeth Redleaf, John J. Kelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088X7YLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darling Companion [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's (Elisabeth Moss) wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, Beth, distraught and angry with Joseph, enlists the help of the few remaining guests (Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass) and a mysterious woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search.

The title of Darling Companion hints at all the ways love touches the soul. At the center of Lawrence Kasdan's warm romantic drama is the relationship between a rescued dog and the woman who saves him, Beth (played with a lot of heart by Diane Keaton). Yet as with the best Kasdan films (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon), the couples surrounding the central one also become a focus, as things they learn cause them to grow and sometimes chafe. The cast is stellar, including Kevin Kline as Joseph ("I prefer that to Joe," he snaps), a prickly surgeon who may be taking his wonderful family for granted. Dianne Wiest plays Beth's lusty sister, Penny, whose new beau, Russell (Richard Jenkins), at first rubs the sophisticated Beth and Joseph the wrong way. Elisabeth Moss is Grace, one of Beth and Joseph's daughters, whose heart will also be touched in unexpected ways after the rescue of the dog--named Freeway for the location he was found. Well cast as a grizzled old coot of a county sheriff is Sam Shepard, who just may have a soft spot under his crusty exterior. Darling Companion is also a visual treat, shot on location around Colorado and especially in the picturesque town of Telluride. Yet despite the engaging cast (including the dog who plays Freeway), Darling Companion comes up short in the story department. The script has none of the crispness or surprise of Kasdan's better films and could have used a good 20 minutes trimmed from its length. Fans of the cast, and dog lovers, will still find Darling Companion an enjoyable experience--but it's far too light to have any lasting impact. --A.T. Hurley

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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a nice change June 28, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ok, I've seen the low reviews for this movie. And if I could give it 31/2 stars I would. But what a nice change of pace it makes! It's a warm, intimate movie with a truly wonderful ensemble cast, a cute dog and a gorgeous setting. What's not to like? There are some subplots, but the gist of the movie is that Diane Keaton (Beth) and Kevin Kline (Joseph) are in an empty marriage. She rescues a wounded dog near the freeway, and he loses it on a walk while he's on his cell phone as usual, which brings their tension to a head. Diane Weist and Richard Jenkins, lovers whose relationship worries the others, help in the search, along with her son. The part gypsy housekeeper keeps pairing them up in certain ways and telling them her visions of what they are to search for, but what they are really seeking is to understand each other. And that is the heart of the movie. It is obviously geared for boomers (is that its great sin?), and has some humorous references to growing older which are easily relatable. If you're tired of comic book heroes, vampires, and grossout comedies, and want to see a gentle, feel-good little charmer, give it a chance. And thank you Lawrence Kasdan!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KASDAN STILL HAS THE TOUCH August 28, 2012
It's been 9 years since director Lawrence Kasdan put out a film, the last being DREAMCATCHER. More than that if you can remember the type of film he is best known for, an ensemble piece that captures the essence of what being human is all about. His classic THE BIG CHILL is but a forgotten memory to some and unknown to a new generation of movie goers. But Kasdan has always excelled at these ensemble pieces and it's nice to see him in true form with DARLING COMPANION.

Many will look at the box for this release and think it is nothing more than another animal picture. That does set the stage for this tale but it isn't the main ingredient. Diane Keaton plays Beth, the mother of one daughter Ellie (Lindsay Sloane) who's moved her family to New York and another Grace (Elisabeth Moss) who's in school. After dropping Ellie off at the airport while driving home, Beth tells Grace to stop the car on the freeway. There, they find a wounded and lost dog that they take home. While Beth's husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) insists the dog isn't staying time passes and it's a year later.

While the family has grown accustomed to the dog, now named Freeway, a new change is about to kick in. Grace is about to marry the veterinarian they took the dog to when they first found him. The wedding is in the family vacation home on Colorado and goes smoothly. New characters are introduced including Joseph's sister Penny (Dianne Wiest) and her new boyfriend Russell (Richard Jenkins) and housekeeper Carmen (Ayelet Zurer). They are the last remaining guests for the night after the wedding as well as Penny's son and Joseph's fellow back surgeon Bryan (Mark Duplas).

With the intent of staying just a few days it all changes when during Joseph loses Freeway while taking him for a walk.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "CHARMING, HEARTWARMING, INTIMATE!" August 18, 2012
Beth and Joseph are in an empty marriage, along with an empty nest. Beth rescues a wounded dog near the highway, and develops a special bond with the dog. Her husband loses the dog, and Beth becomes distraught and upset as she forms a frantic search. In the process and unexpected,different people meet and various couples are in desperate need of healing. The intriguing story portrays relationships, love,and loss. Some are on the verge of divorce, others feel empty, and some are looking for soul-mates. Acting Performance of entire cast is Excellent, the story is heartfelt, and the movie entertains from start to finish. The adorable dog is an added attraction, and the setting is perfect. An enjoyable summer movie. Refreshing, and Highly Recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Boomers in Crisis December 15, 2012
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My husband I just watched this movie and loved it! We are the same age as the characters in the movie and we kept saying to one another, "We would say that" or "We would do that"! We both loved the low key story and the characters played out around a lost dog. It was life on the screen. For those that criticize this film, they must be much younger than we are! This is a great date night movie for adults!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Companion October 6, 2012
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LOVED this movie!! There was no sex or violence, or even vulger language! Just a nice story about a sweet dog & the people who loved him! If you love animals, watch this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful comedy! April 2, 2013
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This is such a cute movie, with a very funny story, loveable characters and all the cast is perfect! And surprise-surprise - a movie without the F-bomb! Just clean fun! I bought it as a Christmas present and the recipients loved it also just as I did. I think it's about time for me to watch it again. :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie October 6, 2012
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this movie is so true to life. everyone goes through problems in there life and is true to life. and one dog brings every one together again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Companion October 6, 2012
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Anyone who loves dogs or who have family craziness (and who doesn't) will LOVE this flick....I did! I knew it would be wonderful as soon as I saw the actors in it and also who had wrritten it. Lawrence Kasdan, who had written THE BIG CHILL so many years ago, seems to know how to portray real relationships in life and to make you care about the characters. Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins were all wonderfully connected to each other. It is a very enjoyable movie right from the start and I hope you love it as much as I did!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this movie because I saw it on cable and enjoyed it enough to want to own it. Plus, it's not all about the dog. And it has a wonderful ensemble cast! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Judith McConkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie was excellent u get so much from watching this!
Published 13 days ago by cathysouliere
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love any film where dogs are so loved!
Sweet film
Published 19 days ago by Unhappy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable low key movie that examines love in all its guises
enjoyable low key movie that examines love in all its guises...the ups and downs of a long marriage, the fresh love of newlyweds, the cautious love of two older people, the love of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by corvus corax
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
dvd in good condition.Thanks a lot.
Published 2 months ago by C. Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't care for it.
Published 2 months ago by Cami
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies!
Published 3 months ago by Nana
Published 3 months ago by J. shop
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The cast is wonderful, and everyone is good in their role. Yet I found the story lame, and the end disappointing.
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne Sousan
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for Anyone that Loves a Dog
Husband recommended this a On-Demand TV. Watched it twice and it was so good had to buy it. Great movie. But, I love everything Diane Keaton does.
Published 5 months ago by Debbra A. Miner
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