Sometimes to keep the magic, you need to learn a few tricks.
Comedy-drama starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple trying to reignite their 30 year marriage with an intense weekend of marriage and sex therapy, courtesy of a relationship guru (Steve Carell). From the director of The Devil Wears Prada.... More
Kay (Streep) wants to reconnect with her cantankerous husband (Jones) and persuades him to meet with Dr Bernie Feld (Carell). Attending his sessions in the seaside town of Great Hope Springs, the couple have to endure the intrusive counselling, drop their bedroom hang ups, learn some new manoeuvres and rediscover their joie de vivre.Hide
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BY Frances Morton Flicks Writer
No doubt any marriage that has lasted 31 years is a deep vein of emotional drama, but Hope Springs fails to mine that rich source with either sensitivity or humour. It attempts to be a relatable chick flick for the gold card crowd, but the characters are so one-dimensional and cliché that most baby boomers will find this portrayal of their generation insulting.... More
Doting wife Kay is the character equivalent of a potato sack. If anyone can make that look good, it’s Meryl Streep but even the grand dame of cinema barely manages to render insipid in an interesting way. Kay is a boring housewife from boring middle America. Every morning she makes boring bacon and eggs for her boring husband who doesn’t appreciate them, when what she really wants is some spice in the sack. Tommy Lee Jones in gruff hubby mode is slightly more watchable, slouching through his daily routine like a gorilla with a sore head.
When the film finally relocates from suburban monotony to a picturesque seaside village (with the horribly on-the-nose name Great Hope Springs) it slides into another rut. In a series of couch sessions, Kay and Arnold gradually divulge their marriage problems to Steve Carrell, whose comedic ability is utterly wasted as the couple’s benign and sympathetic therapist. Further aggravation arrives when emotional scenes are supposed to take hold, director David Frankel giving us a shove by hammering the moment with an overbearing, easy listening soundtrack.
Kay suffers from menopausal angst. As the years advance she’s realising that, despite her expectations, things may never get any better. I had the same sensation watching this film.Hide
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Despite usually reacting badly to movies that are just vehicles for big names, we all had the same reaction this... More time. This is a very enjoyable movie and all 3 stars are well cast. Tommy Lee Jones, in particular, plays his part to perfection. Worth seeing for his performance alone.
We all gave it 4 stars with 1 score of 4.5. Overall then, a solid 4 stars. Enjoy!Hide
BY GrahamP superstar
I am having trouble writing this review.
It will appeal to some with laugh out loud moments which I enjoyed.The adult comedy was very good.The success of the film depended on the casting of the charactors.Both Streep and Jones do a very good job and carried the story well.
On the other side it was dull at times with many visits to the therapist.Steve Carell was playing a serious and intelligent counselor.
Some will enjoy it a lot while it may not appeal to others.Go and make up your own mind.
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