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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?


Jeff Bridges turned down the Tommy Lee Jones role. See more »


Several times we see Kay making Arnold's breakfast. She fries one strip of bacon and cracks one egg into the frying pan yet there are two eggs on Arnold's plate one morning. See more »


Dr. Feld: All right. This is good.
Arnold: Good for you. The more we tear each other apart, the more money we have to pay you to put it back together.
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Written and Performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Courtesy of Cabin 24 Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
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Some plots aren't all about you... c'mon people!
10 August 2012 | by (SC, USA) – See all my reviews

It's always interesting to read people's reviews of movies and instead of getting a review, we get a paragraphs full of narcissism, relentless scrutiny, and disappointment. What reviewers have to understand is that yours is not the only perspective on what makes a good movie, in fact, good.

The problem is, genuine realism is lost on those expecting the standard Hollywood-esque, brushed-canvasses, flawless plot lines, and riveting dialogue. Life is rarely like that and when a movie comes along that depicts some real-life humanity, with all our human idiosyncrasies and vulnerabilities, it gets dissected because a few outspoken individuals are expecting reality as its portrayed in Reality TV and not reality as most of us know it, as it really is.

This movie captured the tenuous nature of intimate relationships and all the things we don't say to each other. It is uncomfortable for most of us to be that exposed and vulnerable with another human being, and that is what Hope Springs capitalized on better than many other films of this genre. The communication difficulties Jones and Streep exhibited were masterfully portrayed. The dialogue wasn't always fun and lively, but that's what added to the authenticity of the plot and the main developing theme. If you're looking for mindless entertainment, something easy to digest, there's plenty out there. If you're up for a healthy dose of reality and a powerful, vital message, then give Hope Springs a viewing. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Happy film hunting!

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