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Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan Talk Old-Fashioned 'Darling Companion' (Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 20, 2012 at 4:27PM

It is no surprise that Lawrence Kasdan's return to movie directing after years of studio purgatory is not faring well with critics. Given the chance to make the kind of literate, charming relationship comedy Kasdan loves to make ("The Big Chill," "Grand Canyon"), he went ahead and did it.
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Kline, Kasdan interview

It is no surprise that Lawrence Kasdan's return to movie directing after years of studio purgatory is not faring well with critics. Given the chance to make the kind of literate, charming relationship comedy Kasdan loves to make ("The Big Chill," "Grand Canyon"), he went ahead and did it. So what if it's old-fashioned, if Mark Duplass sticks out like the contemporary actor that he is, in an ensemble of veteran charmers, from Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton and Dianne Wiest to the great Richard Jenkins? For $5 million Kasdan can do whatever he wants, as far as I am concerned, and hipness be damned.

Truth is, "Darling Companion" is targeted at the Sony Pictures Classics demo of which I am a member. For us, the movie will fit like a comfortable old sweater that should have been put in mothballs but of which we are inordinately fond. See Kline and Kasdan discuss the vagaries of current production and indie downsizing on thier sixth film together below. Are they not charming?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.