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Hope Springs (2012)

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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

Jeff Bridges turned down the role of Arnold. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want to Be Your Mother
Written by Rachael Yamagata and Michael Viola
Performed by Rachael Yamagata
Courtesy of Frankenfish 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 spelaeologusSee 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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