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On the side of a busy freeway, a woman finds the love, devotion, commitment, and courage she needs - all wrapped up in a bloodied stray dog who becomes her "darling companion." When the beloved canine goes missing, a shaggy-dog search adventure plays out, drawing together friends and family and rekindling a lifelong love.
BETH (Diane Keaton) and JOSEPH WINTER (Kevin Kline) are a long-married couple
living comfortably in the Denver suburbs. Joseph, a successful, busy surgeon, is
regarded by his wife as pompous and self-involved, while Beth, an empty-nester
now that their daughters are grown, is considered high-strung and
overly-emotional by her husband. While they're sometimes testy with each other,
they're united in pride and pleasure in their family.
One wintry day, driving with daughter GRACE (Elisabeth Moss), Beth spots
something on the side of the freeway and insists they pull over. Nestled in the
roadside shrubbery is a dog - frightened, banged-up, but clear-eyed and
responsive. With uncharacteristic boldness, the women coax and carry the injured
stray to their car and take him to a vet. Not only is the dog saved, but he
brings good fortune in the bargain: the handsome young vet, SAM (Jay Ali) locks
eyes with Grace, and a romantic spark is kindled.
Before long the dog, aptly named Freeway, is a beloved family member. A year
passes, and Grace and Sam are engaged to marry. The festive wedding is held at
the family's lodge-style country cabin in the High Rockies. Once newlyweds and
guests depart, Joseph and Beth are left to relax with a few stragglers: Joseph's
sister PENNY (Dianne Wiest) and her new beau RUSSELL (Richard Jenkins); Penny's
son BRYAN (Mark Duplass), who is also a surgeon in medical practice with his
uncle Joseph; and the cabin's caretaker CARMEN (Ayelet Zurer), whose exotic
beauty and accent lend her an alluring air of mystery. Beth and Joseph are
unimpressed with the artlessly friendly Russell, worrying that Penny is being
seduced by an opportunistic loser. Bryan, equally wary of Russell, becomes
distracted by the lovely Carmen.
This cozy house party is thrown into crisis mode when Freeway, out for a
woodland ramble with Joseph, bounds away after a deer. Joseph is relatively
nonchalant about Freeway's disappearance - he's a dog, he'll find his way home -
but Beth immediately launches a full-scale, all-hands search party that keeps up
far into the night. The whole town goes on alert via radio announcements and
reward flyers; they even summon the local SHERIFF (Sam Shepard) on his day off.
A second day goes by with no sign of Freeway.
Beth is devastated, furious at Joseph, and inconsolable with worry that Freeway