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Hope Springs

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • David Frankel
  • 95 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Kay SoamesMeryl Streep
Arnold SoamesTommy Lee Jones
Dr Bernard FeldSteve Carell
VinceBrett Rice
CarolMimi Rogers
KarenElisabeth Shue
EileenJean Smart
BradBen Rappaport
MollyMarin Ireland
MarkPatch Darragh

Crew

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DirectorDavid Frankel

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2012-09-14
Guidance
Some swearing, sexual references, .
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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