Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 August 2012 (USA)
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After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen, Kay's Friend
Brad, Their Son
Molly, Their Daughter
Mark, Their Son-in-Law
Vince, Arnold's Friend
Cora, The Waitress
Karen, The Bartender
Charlie, The Docent
Danny, The Bookstore Clerk (as Daniel J. Flaherty)
Mike, The Innkeeper
Carol, The Neighbor
Ann, The Happy Wife


Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the Doctor's intense week long marriage counseling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30 year long marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor's advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage's fire is a daunting challenge for them both. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Sometimes to keep the magic, you need to learn a few tricks.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Hope Springs  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,650,121 (USA) (10 August 2012)


$63,536,011 (USA) (19 October 2012)

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Did You Know?


According to David Frankel on the Director's Commentary, The MPAA was originally going to give the film an R rating due to the scene in the movie theater. See more »


In almost every exterior scene of Kay and Arnold's house we see a Buick sedan and a Subaru station wagon parked in the driveway in front of the garage. However, when the taxi picks up Kay to take her to the airport and drops Arnold and Kay back from the airport the cars are not in the driveway. It was suggested that since they were going out of town they might have moved the cars into the garage, but when Kay leaves it is unknown, even to Arnold himself, if he will accompany her. See more »


Eileen, Kay's Friend: You marry who you marry, and you are who you are. Why would that change?
Kay: Well, if you wanted it to?
Eileen, Kay's Friend: No. I think for that to happen, it would have to be so bad, that somebody was willing to risk everything just to shake things up, and then it might not come down your way. No, change is hard. No, marriages don't change.
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Crazy Credits

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Ain't Love Somethin'
Written by Sam Brooker
Performed by Sam and Ruby (as Sam & Ruby)
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Touching and real (and unexpected)
10 August 2012 | by (New Orleans LA) – See all my reviews

The trailer and marketing campaign for this film is another instance of a collection of sound bites making a film seem like something that it is not. This is NOT a geriatric sex comedy. In fact, I would not even call it a comedy. There are some laughs, several smiles, but most of the time I was in tears. If you go there expecting laughs, you may be disappointed. I went there with such expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised and amazed.

I am about the same age as the couple, and I deal with divorcing couples every day. This film is so real and true-to-life, with no big fight or over-the-top scene, which is appropriate since so many marriages end as a result of a collection of little unintended cruelties becoming unbearable.

I cannot think of any film in which Tommy Lee Jones or Meryl Streep gave a more astonishing performance. Tommy Lee going to a couples therapy session run by Steve Carell? The perfect set-up for lots of laughs, but then we realize the situation is really not funny.

Imagine a film in which Steve Carell has absolutely no gags, routines or funny bits. Yet I can't imagine anyone doing that role better. He was in another film dealing (in part) with a relationship gone bad, "Crazy Stupid Love," which was a comic take (and a marvelous film). Trying to find another film for comparison, the closest that comes to mind is Bergman's "Scenes From A Marriage." But I think this film about the same general subject is much more accessible.

I would have given this film a 10, but the soundtrack of obvious songs to underscore the plot became somewhat distracting. The song most appropriate here (but not used) is "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be." The couple here would be from the same generation as Carly Simon.

I'm going back.

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