Hope Springs

  • 12
  • David Frankel (2012)
  • US
  • 95 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are amusingly brittle as a middle-aged couple trying to recapture that old magic in this daring comedy drama. There may be a lack of sparks in the bedroom, but there's dry wit in abundance, as Streep's desperate housewife makes a stand and enrols herself and her spouse in couples' therapy in the town of Great Hope Springs. Steve Carell plays their counsellor, eschewing the clumsy wisecracks that are his trademark and getting laughs instead from the brutally frank questions he delivers with a polite smile. His exchanges with a typically irascible Jones are especially funny, but David Frankel (who directed Streep in The Devil Wears Prada) mostly aims for understated humour and pathos. Ultimately, he doesn't delve deep enough into the emotional crux of the matter, but the intimate moments between the veteran twosome are refreshingly portrayed with great humour and sensitivity. In a word, touching.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell and Meryl Streep. Kay and Arnold Soames have been married for over 30 years but they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely communicate in an affectionate way. So when Kay reads a self-help book by Dr Feld, she decides to enrol them both in a week-long counselling session at his practice in Maine.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kay Soames
Meryl Streep
Arnold Soames
Tommy Lee Jones
Dr Bernard Feld
Steve Carell
Vince
Brett Rice
Carol
Mimi Rogers
Karen
Elisabeth Shue
Eileen
Jean Smart
Brad
Ben Rappaport
Molly
Marin Ireland
Mark
Patch Darragh

Crew

Director
David Frankel

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Sexual references, some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Sep 2012
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy