6.3/10
35,177
179 user 233 critic

Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 August 2012 (USA)
Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
3,578 ( 1,927)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kay
...
...
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Hope Springs  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie cast includes two oscar winners: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and two oscar nominees: Steve Carell and Elisabeth Shue. See more »

Goofs

When Arnold is getting ready to head to the airport, he puts on a dark tie with small stars. When he sits on the airplane it is a totally different tie. See more »

Quotes

Karen, The Bartender: Trying to get the old magic back?
Kay: Yeah.
Karen, The Bartender: Did you ever have it?
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a scene during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bunheads: It's Not a Mint (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

More, More, More
Written and Performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Courtesy of Cabin 24 Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


112 of 147 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any appeal to under-30s? Jael_1
Here's a serious question for the guys in the audience paris1
The character Kay centanni
What was Arnold's hang up? Eyes shut issue Starwarschix5683
location of meryl + Tommy's characters jonjax71
Don't they seem much older? bea37
Discuss Hope Springs (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?