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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.

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

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

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8 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Great Hope Springs  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$63,536,011 (USA) (19 October 2012)
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This movie marks the second collaboration between Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. They previously appeared together in A Prairie Home Companion (2006). See more »

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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

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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Features The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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You Make It Better
Written by Shawn Mullins and Gerry Hansen
Performed by Shawn Mullins
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company
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A slice of older life - Quietly & beautifully acted
13 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A slightly-over-middle-age couple finds themselves in more than a rut, post-post empty nest. What to do?

An overly-simplified plot outline for a lovely, sweet, funny, sad, quiet movie that allows the cast's acting talents to shine. A great script with spot-on character development. None of your over-dramatics here.

We all know about Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones, but even they deliver some newness. But Steve Carell gives us a nuanced performance without the smallest hint of shtick. Notice Elisabeth Shue in a small part that delivers big. As well as Jean Smart & Mimi Rogers.

Don't miss this one.


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