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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.



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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 »


When shopping at the grocery store they buy brown mustard but afterwards in the hotel room a yellow mustard container is seen on the counter. See more »


Arnold: I like ranch chips.
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Hope Springs delivers just as much emotion as laughs
7 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are movies that come along that fall in numerous genres. The latest Hope Springs seems to be pushing the comedy but sports a story that could easily be delivering the drama so going in is already somewhat of a mystery on what to really expect. With a stellar cast of Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell is there any way this film couldn't work on some level?

Hope Springs follows a married couple who have grown apart. They head out to Hope Springs to attempt to rekindle their lost spark, but with a skeptical husband reluctant to take on the treatment is there any chance of saving this marriage? This is one of those movies that actually hit the mark successfully being both a comedy and a drama. When it's funny it hit a lot of really funny, sometimes uncomfortable funny moments. These are not a bad thing, but more uncomfortable for the characters in the situation thus causing a bit for the audience. What makes this film go from something pretty average to deliver something a bit more is the cast. Jones and Streep have both great chemistry throughout the film and feel like a real couple during the problem times as well as the emotional affection ones. This is their movie to shine and the emotional roller coaster they both deliver really makes this film work. They bounce around from typical married couple to acting like teenagers in love like only someone with their talent could do. Carell does a great job playing the straight laced doctor, but really only serves as a buffer to help this story of these too move along. This does showcase another chance to show he is more than just a funny man, but just doesn't bring a whole lot to the film, but what he does works well. The story isn't anything all that new, but will easily affect any age couple in a relationship that have experienced something like this from the emotional moments to the comedic ones.

This is a memorable cute heartfelt movie that is usually saved for the younger cast, but gives it this new twist using the older couple. Jones and Streep show that they still have it in both the acting chops and the love story delivering some unexpected sexual humor that elevated this movie just out of average and into a fun worthwhile cute film.


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