Hope Springs

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Hope Springs

David Frankel (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A middle-aged married woman feels her long-standing relationship with her unadventurous husband is becoming stale. When she hears of a marriage counsellor offering therapy sessions in his remote retreat, she persuades her reluctant spouse to join her for a week with the doctor rediscovering why they fell in love in the first place. Romantic comedy, with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.

Cast & Crew

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
Director David Frankel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Some swearing, sexual references, .Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Sep 2012
Comedy Drama