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Darling Companion [Blu-ray]

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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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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Elizabeth Redleaf, Anthony Bregman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088X7YLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darling Companion [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on 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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on August 28, 2012
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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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2012
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sydney L. Webb on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on June 23, 2013
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This highly appealing ensemble cast, all interacting with each other, brings me back to writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill". It was while viewing that film that I first fell in love with this type of movie, along with the personal stamp he adds to it. Bring out the 'baby boomers' ...

Beth Winter (Diane Keaton) and her daughter Grace discover a wounded dog along the freeway and quickly stop getting it help. After learning that the Animal Control Dept. would only "put him down", the two women are upset and take him on to the vet. Of course, Beth does end up taking the 7 yr old dog home and naming him "Freeway" immediately ... At first, her husband, Joseph (Kevin Kline), balks at the idea then slowly complies realizing his wife's obvious attachment.

"The Thing Called Love" (Bonnie Raitt) plays out from the soundtrack as the family starts to fall in love with Freeway and meshes with their new pet. The movie quickly skips ahead one year to the couple's vacation home in Colorado. Their daughter marries the vet that got Freeway back into shape and a whole cast of interesting characters enters the scene. The scenery in Colorado is gorgeous, lush, and colorful. Photography (Michael McDonough) of this beautiful area could not be better represented. Everything to the slightest detail comes alive and breathes life into the couples that stay behind at their home after the wedding day.

Joseph's sister, Penny (Dianne Wiest), brings along her new love interest, Russell (Richard Jenkins). Along with them is her son Bryan (Mark Duplass), a fellow surgeon along with Joseph. A very intuitive person added to the cast is the insightful caretaker of the vacation home, Carmen (Ayelet Zurer - "Hide Away").
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