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Review: Darling Companion

Pedestrian and insulting
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 15, 2012
1.5 1.5 Stars

As pedestrian as a stroll through the dog park, Lawrence Kasdan's latest (and worst) film is both insulting and inconsequential. Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline star as a long-married couple who, after years of passive-aggressive sniping, see their marriage fall to pieces when Kline loses Keaton's beloved pooch. Shockingly, the episode brings everyone present — including a son played by Mark Duplass, a sister played by Diane Wiest, and Richard Jenkins as the annoying in-law — closer together. But the lazy plot here isn't nearly as offensive as Ayelet Zurer's performance as a possibly psychic gypsy who uses her visions to keep the family searching (and bonding) as long as she can. It's the exact sort of racial generality Kasdan aimed to dispel in Grand Canyon — gone is the liberal guilt; now all he wants is for you to notice how cute his dog is.

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