Darling Companion

 (1,172)5.11 h 43 min2012X-RayPG-13
A couple in their golden years reunites with their children for their daughter's wedding, and chaos ensues when the husband loses the family dog and everyone must search for it.
Lawrence Kasdan
Diane KeatonKevin KlineDianne Wiest
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Richard JenkinsSam ShepardElisabeth MossMark DuplassAyelet Zurer
Lawrence KasdanElizabeth RedleafAnthony Bregman
Sony Pictures Classics
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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L. MillerReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Makes a nice change
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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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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Story
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Missed this one when it was released on the big screen. It is a really terrific story. Am beginning to believe that Diane Keaton is like fine wine. She just gets better and better with each new film. Diane Weiss is as wonderful as always. Mr. Klein is just fantastic.
At first glance, found myself wondering..why the Diane character had so deep an attachment to the dog. As the story unfolded, however, I stopped caring why she did, and fell in love with the way finding the dog, drew the family together. Introducing an honest and kind Gypsy psychic, and the humorous way, 5 adult, rational people embraced her and her effort to help, was refreshing.
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jmsatcReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Like it says on the cover..." A True Gem"
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The dvd quality is fine... no complaints about the audio and video. The story is about a dog found along side a big city freeway and then lost in the mountains of Utah. The movie's main story is about the interaction between members of the family of the dog and those involved in the search for the dog. Yes, it's a bit schmaltzy but the cast is very good and the scenery is great. You'll go through some Kleenex and you'll have some good laughs and you won't regret you bought this video.
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aminahyaquinReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a lovely movie with romance, action, characters who grow and change before your eyes, and the warmth of a romance from the classic era of movies. As a critter lover who once returned a moving van set to depart for a distant state and new job but put all my stuff in storage while I searched for a stolen puppy (whom I found after a week in rural New Mexico) and BTW I am as well, gifted with second sight, (that is why I stayed) I found this upbeat Kasdan film story really believable and also delightful. The setting in Colorado is rugged and very beautiful.:
MaureenReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Find the friggin' dog already....
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Sorry, but this is unfortunately not what it could have been....the actors are among my favorites, particularly Richard Jenkins (God rest his soul), but this film lacks direction, theme, an awareness of setting, and goes on and on and on about where is the dog. Geez.... It's clear the lost dog is SUPPOSED to be a plot line....but from beginning to end you just want the friggin' dog to be found because NOTHING else makes sense! I mean....geezh. Don't rent this video; it'll irritate you.
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Claudia PfeifferReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Slow, bordering on boring, and not the story of a dog as expected.
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I was disappointed to see such a wonderful cast wasted on a film that barely held my interest. It could have been fantastic if only the people making it had been less cerebral and more action-minded. Toss in a fire with the dog rescuing a man to bring his wife to the realization of how much she loves him....not some boring tramp through the woods looking for a lost dog to bind them closer. Use sparks, not apathetic, slow realizations between characters. I was totally disappointed in this movie and the lack of use of the great potential of such a solid cast.
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Sandy L.Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is too long.
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We chose to watch this movie b/c of the actors in it - so many good ones. But, unfortunately, that doesn't mean it will be a good one. The movie dragged, and the plot was kind of hard to believe. We didn't care for it.
Dianne PriceReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not very good. I probably won't watch it again
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I love dog stories, that's why I bought it. The dog is focused on more in conversation then seeing him throughout the movie. It might have helped, nothing else did. I like Kevin Kline, but not in this. Diane Keaton was her usual "Annie Hall", ditsy, no backbone self. That's why she always has to have a lot of good actors and actresses supporting her in any movie she's in. But it didn't help in this movie. Richard Jenkins, Dianne Wiest & Sam Shepard were their usual, great actors/actress self, but not given any development of character. The plot was thin, the main characters weren't likable and no character development for us to really get to know anybody enough to get involved with what little story there was. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
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