Darling Companion

I stumbled across this movie today, Darling Companion, directed by Lawrence Kasdan (The Accidental Tourist, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Grand Canyon and many other movies).  It was released in 2012 but I don’t think it ever made it to theaters or, if it did, it was one of those that disappeared quite quickly.

There’s a dog in it, of course.  His name is Freeway and he is saved by Beth and Grace (Diane Keaton and Elisabeth Moss) on a cold January day when Beth spots him as they are driving down the freeway.  Beth needs something in her life because husband, Joseph (Kevin Kline) is absorbed in his work as a spinal surgeon.darling-companion

And then, after Freeway is part of Grace’s wedding a year after coming into their lives, Joseph takes Freeway for a walk and the dog chases a deer and is lost.  For the remainder of the film, the extended family searches for Freeway.

There’s some real romance and humor in this film and very nice scenery of Colorado.  Something of a predictable storyline, with aspects of dog adoption woven into the story which is a theme I’d support in any film.

Well worth seeing.  (Freeway is very cute).

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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