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Darling Companion Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Stupid human tricks. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

My dogs were barking to leave the theater. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Dog lovers will instantly warm to the handsome stray collie mix, but they may struggle to fully embrace the amiable but toothless adult story surrounding him.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Prickly couple loses dog, rediscovers love in ho-hum drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the titular partner in Darling Companion is a beloved dog who helps a woman (played by Diane Keaton) fill an emotional vacuum. When the dog gets lost in the woods, her family comes together to track it down, leading to a chance for reconnection. There's some swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.), social drinking, sex talk, and a few suggestive scenes, but this is primarily a simple drama about rekindling love. While the movie's theme and older characters may not hold much appeal for younger viewers, the film's messages offer an important lesson for anyone who's ever been in a long-term relationship.

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Would you consider Darling Companion's characters stereotypical? Why do filmmakers fall back on using common character types?
  • How does Darling Companion compare to other dramas about aging couples? Can you think of any other films about a husband who realizes that he's neglected his wife?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's main message is that family is more important than work, even though some people take far too long to realize that. In the end, it's always family that will stick by you during a crisis.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: A self-centered surgeon who at first puts his career before his family comes to realize that he's got his priorities backward and vows to be a better husband and father. That said, some of the characters are fairly stereotypically portrayed.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some heated arguments. Two men get into a wrestling match.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some suggestive discussions and a few scenes that cut away as couples head off for private moments.

  • language false3

    Language: Some swearing during tense moments, including "s--t," "ass,' "d--k," "bitch," and "crap."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A wealthy doctor drives a Mercedes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some adult characters drink wine with meals.