Dorri Olds

Dorri Olds
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I'm a freelance writer who focuses on Creative Nonfiction, Movie Reviews, Celebrity Q&As, Dogs, Book Reviews, Author Profiles, and Nonprofits. My essays have appeared in many publications including The New York Times. I am a contributor to NBC's Petside, The Jewish Daily Forward and the Examiner. To see samples please visit: I'm also the owner of a full-service website design company located in Chelsea, NYC that offers communication solutions including search engine optimization (SEO), branding, copywriting and editing, social media, internet marketing and video.


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APRIL 20, 2012 11:02AM

Movie: Darling Companion starring Kasey the dog, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Diane Wiest and Richard Jenkins

Rate: 1 Flag

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Diane Keaton

Darling Companion is a story about love — all kinds.

Diane Keaton’s character Beth falls in love with an abandoned dog found by the side of the road. She aptly names him Freeway. Meanwhile, her marriage to Joseph, a distracted, irritable doctor (Kevin Kline), is strained. Joseph’s sister Penny (Diane Wiest) is also distracted but for her that’s a good thing. She’s in the throws of budding love with happy-go-lucky Russell (Richard Jenkins). There are plenty more love/companionship subplots that develop while everyone pulls together to hunt for Keaton’s lost dog Freeway who’d sprinted after an animal in the woods and goes missing for three weeks.

The story, though fictional, is based on real life events. The co-writing couple, Meg and Lawrence Kasdan, adopted a mixed breed dog, Mac, then lost him for three weeks in the High Rockies. Just as in the film, the entire town joined in to search for the missing pooch. Another true detail: Meg Kasdan’s sister, while driving down a Detroit freeway, really did spot a neglected dog, pulled over and heroically dashed up an embankment to rescue him. She named him Freeway.

Darling Companion’s Freeway is played by Kasey, a multi-colored Collie mix who’d been abandoned and mistreated and still bears the scar from a too-tightly-tied rope that had been embedded in his neck. Kasey and his understudy,Kuma, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, are both rescued dogs adopted from L.A.shelters and are now seasoned actors provided by Good Dog Animals, acompany run by professional trainers who provide animals for movies and television.

Darling Companion is director Lawrence Kasdan’s eleventh film and is being compared to two of his earlier comic dramas that had ensemble casts, The Big Chill and Grand Canyon—both of which starred Kevin Kline.

This time the cast includes Sam Shepard as Sherriff Morris, Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) as Grace (Keaton and Kline’s daughter) and Ayelet Zurer, who is a scene-stealer as the beautiful, accented, eccentric friend who claims to receive psychic messages about the missing dog.

Opens Friday, April 20, 2012. 103 minutes, PG-13.

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Nice review of a film A. O'Herir sp? gave a terrible review on regular Salon. I would like to believe yours. Nice corrective to his. Because he also stated that Kevin Kline had never lived up to his potential--that is patently WRONG and that "The Big Chill" was trash, ditto, i loved it. R
Great actors, the story is kind of flat and very predictable and the dog didn't get enough screen time. I give it 2 stars out of 4.