I don’t know how that fact got by me – but it did. Maybe it’s because I never could identify with the whining, self-absorbed characters in Chill, and I cringed every time I time I heard someone say the movie “spoke to the baby boom generation.” Yea, it spoke to me all right, and my reply was “ugh.”
But until now, I did not realize Kasdan had a threesome in mind. Entertainment Weekly is reporting this week that Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline are set to star in the final installment of Kasdan’s boomer-centric trilogy. The third film is a comedy called Darling Companion.
What’s this one about? Here’s how EW describes it:
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.”
Oh great. This sounds like a mash-up of Betsy’s Wedding, Marley & Me and The Incredible Journey. And notice the key adjectives in this description: jerky, self-involved…Kasdan just can’t get away from portraying us as just a bunch of navel-gazing nicompoops, can he?
Well I guess you gotta at least give him props for casting. As EW points out, no one plays self-involved jerks better than Kevin Kline. But you don’t have to wait for this movie to see Kline at his jerky best…you can watch A Fish Called Wanda any time.