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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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Brad, Their Son
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Vince, Arnold's Friend
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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)

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

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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

Dr. Feld: What about oral sex?
Kay: I wasn't... I wasn't comfortable with that.
Dr. Feld: Giving or receiving?
Kay: [pause] Huh?
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I Can't Face My Friends
Written by Johnny Rotella and Murray Schwimmer
Performed by Johnny Lindy
Courtesy of Tabb Records
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Melancholic Comedy About Intimacy
11 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Meryl Streep is a wonder, let's start right there. After her towering portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, an ordinary woman in real danger of disappearing all together. Real and enormously moving. Tommy Lee Jones gives us a face we hadn't seen before. Someone so settled in his ways that he doesn't notice what's happening around him. That's why, I though, his realization is so poignant. The film is based on a solid script but the direction is sluggish and uncertain to say the least. It feels as if the director didn't trust his material. The songs and the score, out of a Lifetime TV movie, doesn't allow us to connect with the real truths unfolding in the screen. That, I must confess, was very annoying. I recommend the film on the strength of the two central performances. Intimacy between two grown ups reflected on every look on every move until the score comes to interfere and derail our emotions.


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