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Hope Springs -- After decades of marriage, a devoted couple (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) tries couple's counseling in order to spice things up and reconnect.
Hope Springs -- 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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8 August 2012 (USA) See more »
Sometimes to keep the magic, you need to learn a few tricks.
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Meryl Streep ... Kay

Tommy Lee Jones ... Arnold

Steve Carell ... Doctor Feld

Jean Smart ... Eileen, Kay's Friend

Ben Rappaport ... Brad, Their Son

Marin Ireland ... Molly, Their Daughter

Patch Darragh ... Mark, Their Son-in-Law

Brett Rice ... Vince, Arnold's Friend

Becky Ann Baker ... Cora, The Waitress

Elisabeth Shue ... Karen, The Bartender

Charles Techman ... Charlie, The Docent

Danny Flaherty ... Danny, The Bookstore Clerk (as Daniel J. Flaherty)

Damian Young ... Mike, The Innkeeper

Mimi Rogers ... Carol, The Neighbor

Ann Harada ... Ann, The Happy Wife

Jack Haley ... Jack, The Happy Husband

Susan Misner ... Dana, Doctor Feld's Wife
Rony Clanton ... Ronnie, The Taxi Driver
John Srednicki ... John, The Waiter

Madeline Ruskin ... Maddie, Brad's Girlfriend

Lee Cunningham ... Lee, The Unhappy Wife

Paul Jude Letersky ... Paul, The Unhappy Husband (as Paul J. Letersky)
Rogina Bedell-O'Brien ... Rogina, The Exiting Patient
Stephen Lee Davis ... Steve, The Grocery Shopper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Boston ... Man Walking on Beach (uncredited)
Amy Casey ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Mary A. DeBriae ... Disgusted Grocery Shopper (uncredited)

Bob Dio ... Car Driver (uncredited)

John Franchi ... Driver (uncredited)
Victor Franko ... Driver (uncredited)

London Hall ... Wife (uncredited)
Bill Ladd ... Sam (uncredited)
Kayla Ruhl ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Luis Sanchez ... Garbage Man (uncredited)
Christina Sciongay ... Diner at Inn (uncredited)

Anita Storr ... Beach goer wedding scene (uncredited)
Alexis Tarasevich ... Bride (uncredited)

Jamie Christopher White ... Maine Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
David Frankel 
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Vanessa Taylor  written by

Produced by
Brian Bell .... co-producer
Todd Black .... producer
Jason Blumenthal .... executive producer
Guymon Casady .... producer
Christine Coggins .... associate producer
Lawrence Grey .... co-producer
Jeffrey Harlacker .... associate producer
Lance Johnson .... associate producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Jessie Nelson .... executive producer
Robyn Norris .... associate producer (as Robyn Norris Cassady)
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
Cinematography by
Florian Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Patricia Woodbridge 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist: Ms. Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Joanna McCarthy .... key makeup artist
Louise McCarthy .... makeup department head
Jerry Popolis .... hair department head
Erika Abberton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Linda Kaufman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Brian Bell .... unit production manager
Frank Murray .... production supervisor (as Francois J. Murray)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Lee Davis .... first assistant director
Bellamy Forrest .... second assistant director (as Bellamy Truman Forrest)
Mike McGuirk .... dga trainee
Jessica Pollini .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master
JoAnn Atwood .... set dresser (as Joanne Atwood)
Michael Auszura .... assistant art director
Philippe Belhache .... scenic carpenter
Kevin Brink .... swing gang
Gary Cergol .... graphic artist
Dan DeTitta .... assistant set decorator
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman (as Gerald A. DeTitta)
Nicholas DeTitta .... set dresser
Steve Gallo .... key construction grip
Scott Gertsen .... key carpenter (as K. Scott Gersten)
Scott Getzinger .... additional props
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... on-set dresser
Thomas Hocking .... construction foreman (as Thomas J. Hocking)
Tim Jackson .... greens
Timothy Joliat .... swing gang (as Tim Joliat)
Nora Kasarda .... art department coordinator
Clifford Klatt .... set dresser
Ginger Ingram LaBella .... graphic artist
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Mary Owens .... scenic on-stage (as Mary E. Owens)
Romano C. Pugliese .... greens foreman (as Romano Pugliese)
Eric Schappach .... scenic foreman (as Eric T. Schappach)
Jolie Scherberger .... swing gang (as Jolie Ruhe)
Mark Paul Selemon .... lead greensman (as Mark Selemon)
Steven Shellooe .... camera scenic (as Stephen Shellooe)
Sophia Vasilakis .... scenic shop manager
Joel Weaver .... assistant property master
Chris Bertholf .... painter (uncredited)
Gerard J. Furey .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Judy Gurr .... buyer (uncredited)
Erika S. Katz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Arthur Vitello III .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr mixer (as David Boulton)
Bob Chefalas .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Chefalas .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Costanzo)
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Maegan Hayward .... post production mixing facility coordinator
Bret Johnson .... sound recordist
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... adr editor (as Nick Renbeck)
Nicholas Renbeck .... dialogue editor (as Nick Renbeck)
Adam Sanchez .... sound utility
Kira Smith .... boom operator
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Paul Tirone .... sound recordist
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley supervisor (as Steve Visscher)
Lawrence Zipf .... first assistant sound editor (as Larry Zipf)
P.J. Corvus .... audio technical support (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects supervisor
Nathanial Brotherhood .... special effects foreman (as Nathanael Brotherhood)
Meaghan E. Stone .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Blair .... visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
Vivian Connolly .... visual effects producer: Phosphene
Aaron Raff .... lead digital artist: Phosphene
Greg Radcliffe .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tim Van Horn .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Scott Winston .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jd Yepes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Abbatecola .... best boy grip
Tristan Allen .... rigging grip (as Tristan R. Allen)
David Baney .... best boy rigging electric
Eric Boncher .... lamp operator
Jason Brignola .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bob Caldwell .... electrician (as Robert Caldwell)
Stephen Consentino .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stephen Consentino .... steadicam operator
Jesse Dublanica .... electrician
Shaun Gilbert .... electrician (as Shaun C. Gilbert)
Samuel A. Gonzalez Jr. .... lamp operator
Jim Grout .... electrician
Nick Haines-Stiles .... company grip
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Joel Holland .... video assist operator
Matt Howard .... camera loader
Christopher D. Jones .... dolly grip: b camera
Mark Kahn .... electrician
Michael Kirsch .... company grip
Thomas Lappin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael A. Leo .... generator operator
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Robert Mancusco)
Charlie Marroquin .... key grip
Brian McCafferty .... rigging grip
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rgging grip (as Michael McFadden)
Derek Murphy .... rigging gaffer
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Heather M. Norton)
Sean O'Brien .... company grip
John Oliveri .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Katelyn Perez .... lamp operator
Ryan Rodriguez .... best boy electric (as Ryan A. Rodriguez)
Sean Ryan .... dimmer board operator
Joseph Sciretta .... house electric
Glenn Stroud .... electrician
Andrew Sweeney .... dolly grip
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame playback operator (as Joe Trammell)
John Velez .... chief lighting technician (as John G. Velez)
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Allen Zellman .... lamp operator
James Boniece .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Craig Catolane .... grip (uncredited)
Andrew Cavagnet .... additional video assist/video playback (uncredited)
Emily Millay Haddad .... adobe director playback (uncredited)
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman (uncredited)
Patrick Shelby .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Darrin Smith .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... aerial camera technician: Wescam Camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rori Bergman .... casting associate
Arthur Dutkanicz .... extras casting assistant
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Davenport .... costumer: Ms. Streep
Colleen Ehrlich .... costume coordinator
Donna Maloney .... costume supervisor
Michelle Matland .... assistant costume designer
Martha Smith .... key costumer (as Martha L. Smith)
Editorial Department
Aaron M. Alpert .... post-production assistant
Pete Conlin .... post production
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist (as Joseph Gawler)
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Matt Maddox .... first assistant editor
Jason Miller .... post-production coordinator
Christopher Rand .... post-production assistant
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Ben Baker .... digital workflow supervisor (uncredited)
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Chris Fogel .... music mixer
Chris Fogel .... music recordist
Mark Graham .... conductor
Julia Michels .... music supervisor
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
Bryan Carrigan .... pro tools operator (uncredited)
Giona Ostinelli .... composer assistant (uncredited)
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation (uncredited)
Tim Starnes .... auricle programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jason Bowers .... driver
Michael O'Brien .... transportation co-captain (as Michael J. O'Brien)
John Michael Vukson .... driver
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James P. Whalen Jr.)
Other crew
Richie Adams .... title designer
Duane Anglin .... production assistant
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Manny Barbosa .... chef
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
William Berloni .... animal trainer
Lacy Boughn .... assistant: Mr. Tisch
Johnathan Bowling .... production assistant
Suzy J. Brown .... sccounting clerk
Zoe Buck .... production assistant
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Hailey Cho .... miscellaneous crew
Katie Christian .... assistant: Mr. Kahane
Lauren Ciell .... first assistant accountant
Ceci Cleary .... locations scout
Wendy Cohen .... product placement
Nicole Cotton .... payroll accountant (as Nicole A. Coton)
Nancy Dinoto .... production assistant
Gjustina Dushku .... production assistant
Meryl Emmerton .... production executive
Peter Farnsworth .... production assistant
Priamo M. Fermin .... production assistant
Megan Foerster .... assistant location manager
Bryan Foster .... production assistant
Jon Franklin .... set medic
Doug Graves .... assistant: Mr. Black (as Douglas Graves)
Heather Harris .... production assistant
Colin Havey .... production assistant
Rob Herling .... production assistant
Diem Hoang .... production assistant (as Christine Diem Hoang)
Erica Joseph Hunter .... second assistant accountant
Alice Johnson .... production assistant
Emily Kacere .... assistant: Ms. Konop
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Lindsey Lefkow .... assistant production coordinator
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Poat
Aaron Lipsett .... assistant: Mr. Black
Gabriella Ludlow .... business and legal affairs: The B.A. Department
Xavier Manrique .... assistant: Mr. Frankel
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Pete Meccio .... set medic
Mike Merli .... production assistant (as Michael Merli)
Jeff Millea .... production secretary
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Mathew Noack .... location assistant
Nick Noyes .... production assistant
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (as Mike Peavey)
Ana Laura Pulido .... location coordinator
Ulises Rodriguez .... production coordinator (as Ulises Rodriguez Noa)
Dean Schnider .... assistant: Mr. Casady
Jonathan Schwarta .... production assistant
William Sepulveda .... craft service (as Will Sepulveda)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Sophie Sikora .... assistant: Mr. Kahane (as Sophia Sikora)
Alex Starke .... production assistant (as Alexander R. Starke)
Samantha Stogel .... production assistant
Daniel Tresca .... assistant location manager (as Dan Tresca)
Eva Vedock .... craft service
Christian Vogeler .... production assistant
Luca Waldman .... production assistant
Dennis Whitcomb .... script clearance
Tammy Arnold .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Sean Barrett .... office production assistant (uncredited)
John Biondo .... executive vice president of business and legal affairs (uncredited)
Danielle Bowes .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Zoe Hartman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Meredith A. Jacobson .... intern (uncredited)
Anna Laclergue .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Leigh Rydberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathon Schermerhorn .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kelsey Schuyler .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Jennifer Vestuto .... production assistant (uncredited)
Natalya Waye .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kori E. Wilson .... assistant to meryl streep (uncredited)
David J. Bloomfield .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Germany:6 (f) | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:6 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #47482)

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Dr. Feld tells Meryl Streep's character of a metaphor of fixing a deviated septum, which Meryl Streep has in real life.See more »
Continuity: During a session with Dr. Feld, Arnold is sitting to the left of the sofa with his arm against the arm of the sofa. In the next shot, he is sitting more towards the center of the sofa.See more »
Arnold:I like ranch chips.See more »
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108 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Touching and real (and unexpected), 10 August 2012
Author: Ric-7 from New Orleans LA

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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