Baby boomers, this one’s especially for you: Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Elisabeth Moss, and Richard Jenkins are set to star in writer-director Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy Darling Companion, which is being billed as the final installment of Kasdan’s boomer trilogy following 1983’s The Big Chill and 1991’s The Grand Canyon. Darling Companion is the story of a woman (Keaton) who has a dog she loves more than anything and anyone — including her jerky, self-involved husband (Kline). When the jerky husband loses the dog after a wedding, he and his wife and some of the wedding guests go on a search for the missing pooch and, according to the movie’s press release, “the adventure … takes them in unexpected directions — comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.” Personally, I can’t say the boomer navel-gazing of The Big Chill and The Grand Canyon ever spoke deeply to me. (I’m a Gen X-er — our seminal cinematic touchstones were more along the lines of The Breakfast Club, Say Anything…, Reality Bites, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused). Still, Darling Companion sounds potentially intriguing — provided it doesn’t descend into corny slapstick, like a dog wrecking a wedding cake, à la Tiger at Mike and Carol’s wedding in The Brady Bunch. The casting certainly seems spot-on — no one gives self-involved jerks a more brilliant physical-comedy spin than Kline — and, as the writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, among many other fine movies, Kasdan has a lifetime pass.
What do you think? Does Darling Companion sound like your cup of tea? What movies have spoken to your generation the way The Big Chill did to baby boomers?