Darling Companion

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Darling Companion
Darling companion poster.jpg
Directed byLawrence Kasdan
Produced byElizabeth Redleaf
Written byLawrence Kasdan
Meg Kasdan
StarringMark Duplass
Richard Jenkins
Diane Keaton
Kevin Kline
Elisabeth Moss
Sam Shepard
Dianne Wiest
Ayelet Zurer
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyMichael McDonough
Edited byCarol Littleton
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics (USA)
Sierra/Affinity (non-USA)[1]
Release date
  • January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26) (Santa Barbara Film Festival)
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million
Box office$793,815

Darling Companion is a 2012 drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, written by Kasdan and his wife Meg, and starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. Filming took place in Utah in 2010 and was released on April 20, 2012.


Beth Winter (Keaton) rescues a lost dog from the roadside and names him Freeway. Her children have grown up and moved away, and her husband, Joseph (Kline), is distracted and self-involved. Beth forms a strong friendship with the dog and is deeply upset when, after her daughter's wedding, her husband loses the dog. They engage the service of a psychic gypsy to find the dog again.

In the end after finally giving up, the family boards an airplane. While flying over the mountains, Beth sees the dog and her husband fakes a ruptured appendix to have the pilot turn the airplane around. In one last attempt at a search, they scour the trees in the area Beth saw the dog, when at last Freeway appears in a field and runs to Beth, reunited at last, bringing the family closer together.


Kevin Kline, Richard Jenkins, Meg Kasdan, Elizabeth Redleaf, Casey (aka Freeway) and Lawrence Kasdan at the 2012 Miami International Film Festival premiere of the film


Darling Companion received mostly negative reviews from critics and was a box-office flop. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 22% based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 4.46/10.[2] Roger Ebert wrote "It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie."[3]


  1. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2011/07/sony-pictures-classics-acquires-domestic-rights-on-darling-companion/
  2. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/darling_companion/
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 25, 2012). "Darling Companion Movie Review (2012)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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