Placing a shaky marriage and the nervous dynamics between new family members against a Rocky Mountain backdrop, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan’s latest film returns to the ensemble storytelling approach he favored in such popular hits as 1983’s The Big Chill and 1991’s Grand Canyon. When Beth (Diane Keaton] and daughter Grace (Elizabeth Moss) discover and rescue a stray dog by the side of the road, christening him Freeway, the good deed introduces Grace to charming veterinarian Sam (Jay Ali). Fast-forward a year and immediately following Sam and Grace’s wedding, high-strung Beth is forced to face what’s wrong with her own marriage when her work-obsessed husband, Joseph (Kevin Kline), loses sight of Freeway during a walk. A desperate search is mounted by otherwise bickering siblings-in-law and significant others (part of an expert ensemble that includes the likes of Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard and Dianne Wiest). Cowritten by the director’s wife, Meg Kasdan, Darling Companion flips the notion of a shaggy dog tale, weaving together conversational comedy and low-key observational drama in a manner that allows its many characters to make discoveries within a picturesque landscape. –SFIFF
Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter.
Kasdan was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sylvia Sarah (née Landau), an employment counselor, and Clarence Norman Kasdan, who managed retail electronics stores. His brother is the writer/producer Mark Kasdan. He was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966. His family is Jewish.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MA in Education, originally planning on a career as an English teacher. He won a Hopwood Award for writing during the time of his studies. He was a student of Professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe.
Upon graduation, Kasdan was unable to find a teaching position, so he became an advertising copywriter, a profession he did not enjoy, but remained in for five years (even picking up a Clio Award along the way), first in Detroit and later in Los Angeles where he tried… read more
Times like this make the strong argument for Mubi to add a "Zero stars" rating option. This movie is so wretched that I walked out an hour in without any regrets, something I have never done before. There is nothing nice to say: the acting is horrendous, the writing is vague and boring and the digital photography and generic scenery scream CHEAP. God it's terrible.