The story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.

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Lawrence Kasdan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Beth
Kevin Kline ... Joseph
Dianne Wiest ... Penny
Richard Jenkins ... Russell
Elisabeth Moss ... Grace
Mark Duplass ... Bryan
Ayelet Zurer ... Carmen
Sam Shepard ... Sheriff Morris
Lindsay Sloane ... Ellie
Jay Ali ... Sam
Robert Bear Robert Bear ... Possum
Casey Casey ... Freeway
Paul Kiernan ... Patient
Jericho Watson Jericho Watson ... Ethan
Yolanda Wood ... Cop
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Storyline

Mother and daughter, Beth and Grace, find a bedraggled dog on the side of the freeway. Taking it home and rescuing it, the dog helps Grace meet a man. But Beth's husband, Joseph, hates the dog and just might cause even more friction in their marriage. While at their remote cabin for a weekend wedding with family, Joseph loses the dog and Beth isn't going home until they find it. With help from their nephew, Joseph's sister, her new boyfriend, and their psychic gypsy maid, the family search high and low for the missing dog and in the process find that they also need to mend their own relationships. Written by napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including references, and language | See all certifications »

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Diane Keaton previously appeared in Father of the Bride with Steve Martin, who that same year appeared in Kasdan's film Grand Canyon. She also appeared in Annie Hall, which featured Jeff Goldblum, who worked with Kasdan on The Big Chill and Silverado. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film they take off in one type of aircraft but land in another totally different type after forcing the aircraft to return having spotted Freeway from it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Patient: This is the best my back has felt in three years. Joseph, you're a genius.
Joseph: That's my job. I'm a surgeon. But I'm no genius.
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Better Than Before
Written and Performed by Christopher Wray
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Finding a heart-warming relationship dramedy after losing the dull romantic comedy
8 July 2012 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

I know what you're thinking, do we really need another must-love-dogs romantic comedy? Thankfully, contrary to marketing attempts, "Darling Companion" is not a romantic comedy. It's more like an outdoor adventure, relationship dramedy, mystery. Unfortunately, it did start as if it was a romantic comedy. Mother and daughter were annoyingly commiserating on the problems of finding a good man. Then they found a dog and met a cute doctor.

I was squirming in my seat faster than they could say "I do." But then something funny happened on the way to the wedding. The boring romantic comedy angle was already wrapped up and they dropped the beleaguered jokes comparing man to dog. And then the film became a fairly simple but enjoyable treatise on the relationships and world views of a handful of family members and close friends.

To me, the movie starts when Beth (Diane Keaton)'s dog goes missing. Her husband, Joseph (Kevin Kline), lost it, but he doesn't care. He only likes his money and telling people that he's a doctor. But his practice is just going to have to wait because she's not going home until they find Freeway (the beautiful Collie-mix Kasey). She is helped by Carmen, an exotic sex-goddess who freely admits that she's a psychic gypsy blessed with receiving images of the lost dog. Nephew Brian (Mark Duplass) likes Carmen; he does not like his future step-father Russell (Richard Jenkins). Russell pretty much likes everyone and everything. Joseph doesn't like the dog and he especially doesn't like alleged gypsy psychics leading his family on wild goose chases.

The older members of the audience were laughing first, but eventually a little bit of humour in the form of funny lines came through. Kevin Kline was hilarious as the irritable elitist insulting hippie ideals and alleged gypsy psychics. The dialogue was quick, astute and savvy in navigating all the characters towards happiness in their relationships.

If you can equate the search for the missing dog as a mystery, then it would be worth comparing this film to Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993). A delightful discussion on relationships set to a mystery plot. It doesn't hurt that the cast includes a couple of Allen regulars (Keaton and Dianne Wiest).

It takes awhile to realize that this is not a dull romantic comedy, but if you're looking for a mature, heart-warming relationship dramedy, "Darling Companion" eventually finds its way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2012 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Darling Companion See more »

Filming Locations:

Telluride, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,962, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$793,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,157,257
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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