PG) Darling Companion
Sony Pictures Classics.
Running Time: 103 Minutes.
2 stars out of 4.
Darling Companion is a film which is as dull as it's title. The film is about a woman named Beth ( Diane Keaton) who, while driving home from the airport notices a stray dog, just off the freeway. She and her daughter Grace (Elizabeth Moss), take the dog, as Animal Services says that he would be put to rest. The dog is taken to a veterinarian who persuades them to take the dog, and find a home for it, or else he would be sent to doggie heaven. Kevin Kline plays Beth's husband Dr. Joseph Winter, who grows to love the dog, who they name FREEWAY. Grace and The Vet fall for each other, and soon after get married far away in a mountains cabin. They are joined by friends Dianne Wiest and Richard Jenkins, who join them and FREEWAY for days at the mountain cabin.
Director and Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan makes this feel like part movie, part informercial on how beautiful the mountains are. It's as if filming could only take place in the mountains, if the mountains themselves were featured in 25% of the film. This movie starts off sweet, then becomes stupid, silly, and BORING! I'm sorry but I don't know the running time of the film but to me it felt like a good two and a half hours, of them getting caught in weird situations, then getting out of them, then doing it again for practically the whole film.
The performances are okay, it is what you except from these veteran actors but they deserve better than this lame and stupid script, and confusing narrative. For me the dog was the best part but he is only featured in 15% of the film...they gave the mountains more screen time! Anyway, I wish for a "COMEDY" in which, I would have laughed more, than chuckled and actually had some fun, rather sitting there bored as ever. This movie does not work, and does deserve its ROTTEN SCORE OF 21% on Rotten Tomatoes.