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?