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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.

Director:

David Frankel

Writer:

Vanessa Taylor
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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)

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Great Hope Springs See more »

Filming Locations:

Guilford, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,650,121, 12 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,536,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,281,051
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Frankel claimed that Tommy Lee Jones provided some advice on the editing of the counseling scenes. See more »

Goofs

In almost every exterior scene of Kay and Arnold's house we see a Buick sedan and a Subaru station wagon parked in the driveway in front of the garage. However, when the taxi picks up Kay to take her to the airport and drops Arnold and Kay back from the airport the cars are not in the driveway. It was suggested that since they were going out of town they might have moved the cars into the garage, but when Kay leaves it is unknown, even to Arnold himself, if he will accompany her. See more »

Quotes

Kay: You have to stop yelling at me.
Arnold: [loudly] Who's yelling?
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Features Listen, Let's Make Love (1968) See more »

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Le diner de cons
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Courtesy of LAM Larghetto Music BV
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Touching and real (and unexpected)
10 August 2012 | by Ric-7See 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.


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