• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Frankel
    In Theaters:
    Aug 8, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 4, 2012
  • Sony Pictures

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Hope Springs Reviews

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January 28, 2014
very funny. I love it
January 20, 2014
"Hope Springs" is one of those movies that takes a topic you don't think about, or at least, want to think about - a long-married couple in their 60s who have lost the intimacy they once had during their youth. It's a sore subject (an albeit icky one), and there would be no reason to watch it if not for the marvelous performances of Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones), have been married for 31 years. Their children are grown up, they're completely devoted to each other, and their life is without stress. The problem is, is that Kay is feeling dissatisfied. Yes, there is a man by her side, but the man she once had isn't what he once was.
The two sleep in separate bedrooms, and have completely given up even trying to show affection - and Kay is tired of it. Day by day, she makes Arnold his breakfast, sees him to the door, makes him dinner, until he then falls asleep in front of the TV. Kay fortunately hears of a renowned marriage counselor in Hope Springs, Dr. Feld (Steve Carrell), who can make things good again. Arnold grumpily agrees to go, and before long, they begin to rekindle the days of their youth.
The plot could easily go down the tube as being one of those nasty, cringe-worthy raunch comedies that most actors would regret. Rather, "Hope Springs" is a sweet, pleasant, and fittingly entertaining exploration into the time in which marriage is far past the Honeymoon phase.
There are times where we get to smile, flinch, and feel sympathetic, and it works perfectly for the subject. You would think it would be much easier to sit through "Hope Springs" in agony, but instead it's a diverting watch, made even better by its leading performances.
Streep is thoroughly convincing as the quiet, kindly Kay, who is so nice that the fact that she is feeling so sad and lonely makes us feel a bit sad and lonely too. She's like the Grandmother you turn to for comfort, and Streep never lets us forget it. Jones is mesmerizing as Arnold, who on the exterior is hardened and manly, but in truth is actually quite vulnerable and worrisome. Streep and Jones are utterly believable as a couple, making the film work even better.
"Hope Springs" isn't the best movie its two veteran actors have ever made, but it gives us a chance to simply marvel at the fact that, even in such a small film, they are able to bring performances most actors would only dream about.
January 18, 2014
Meryl was of course, expectedly amazing on this film. I mean what else can she not do?
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

January 11, 2014
In "Hope Springs," Kay(Meryl Streep, who is not acting anymore but imitating) and Arnold(Tommy Lee Jones, who ranges here from growly to slightly less constipated), an accountant, have had their marriage stagnate over the past 31 years, living in Nebraska. Seeing some hope, Kay picks up a self-help book at random. Agreeing with what Dr. Feld(Steve Carell) is saying, she books a one week intensive therapy session for her and her husband with him in Maine, despite the fact that anybody who has ever read a Stephen King book could have told her that only bad things happen there.

"Hope Springs" is a tone deaf bit of wish fulfillment that proves once and for all that if Elisbeth Shue is the best thing about a movie, then somebody should definitely hand in their filmmaking license. In trying to be an intimate movie about repairing a marriage, the movie unleashes two huge Hollywood presences who overwhelm everything else. That's not to mention the scenes which should be touching that just end up being deeply uncomfortable to watch. In the end, since all good things come to an end, maybe we should not mourn when a dying marriage ends, thus allowing one person to find happiness and the other to find a golf tournament on television to watch.
January 5, 2014
Un film que muestra el pasar del tiempo con otra persona, como se debilita la relación. La compenetracion de Tommy Lee Jones y Meryl Streep es muy buena. Con un guion un poco flojo, pero convincente.
January 5, 2014
Liderados por um par de performances hipnotizantes de Meryl Streep e Tommy Lee Jones,Um divã para dois oferece cinéfilos algumas risadas - e um olhar pensativo em relacionamentos maduros.
The Gandiman
The Gandiman

Super Reviewer

December 22, 2012
"Hope Springs" could've been a pretty insightful film about the realities that set in after being married for a very very long time. Instead "Hope" opts to be a enjoyable piece of fluff anchored by two masterful performances by the always great Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
December 6, 2013
Why can you never give something zero stars. This made me want to stick needles in my eyes....
Daniel P

Super Reviewer

December 1, 2013
Ordinary but well-intentioned and very well acted drama. The focus on a couple re-kindling their sex life after many years of marriage is unusual for a mainstream US product, though the plot turns are predictable and the outcome is sometimes ickily sentimental. Not awful.
August 8, 2012
I guess being two decades younger than the target audience does not help make this entertaining. it took forever, nothing much happened and it was all predictable.
November 27, 2013
Surprisingly awesome! Funny - very funny - in a serious and melancolic way. Possibly the best film I've ever seen with Tommy Lee Jones in it.
ramchaza
November 26, 2013
Love this movie! Acting was wonderful, Meryl's expressions were priceless! Sweet and hopeful movie. Steve Correl was just perfect as the counselor. I watched it twice and will watch it again, just a WONDERFUL movie!
November 24, 2013
11/23/13 This movie is definitely geared towards women, but it isn't all bad. The characters are a little over the top b/c their attitudes are so extreme, but it would probably be a fairly boring story if that were not the case. There are no surprises in the story (it happens exactly as one would expect right from the beginning). There are a few laughs though b/c this couple is so ridiculous.
November 17, 2013
An average film that was brought up from mediocraty thanks to the great chemistry and solid performances from the ever reliable Streep and Lee Jones as a stuck in the rut blue hair couple who attend couple counselling in an effort to reignite their marriage. The formula is another one of those natuealistic dramedies that Carrell seems to be brought into that normally underperform but he made the right choices in stepping up the supporting/lead cast to help bring in the blue hair set and also help you cheer for a happy ending. Nothing memorable but defintely drives it home better than one might have expected.
November 5, 2013
Genuinely moving and heartfelt. It borderlines schmalz maybe once or twice, but honest stellar performances by Streep and Jones keep it on the right side of the tracks. Lovely.
November 4, 2013
Agree with the view that this film probably wouldn't be anything without the two leads... however, put in a more positive way, their performances are really brilliant. Meryl is her fantastic, vulnerable, sweet self and TLJ is, for once, a very enjoyable character to watch. Steve Carell is good too. They all have good chemistry. Some really funny moments, and some that resonate. An unexpected treat!
November 2, 2013
El sexo y el amor en la tercera edad, los conflictos de un matrimonio de 30 años y por sobre todo Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep y Steve Carell mostrando porque son grandes del cine...
October 31, 2013
Streep and Jones's acting is probably better than the film's direction and script deserve, but, thanks to them, Hope Springs is tender, sad, funny and honest. I say RENT IT!!!
rusky0
August 22, 2012
Kay: He is everything. But I'm... I'm really lonely. And to be with someone, when you're not really with him can... it's... I think I might be less lonely... alone.
December 4, 2012
Good Cast and good movie overall with an interesting and humorous look and aging couples and their marriage
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