Steven's Review of Hope Springs
The surprise of the movie is Steve Carell in a role that could've easily gotten sidetracked into a mockery of marriage therapists or a campy sendup. Tommie Lee Jones also turned in a great performance, totally believable. As for Meryl, well, she's always fun to watch,but there were a few Merylisms that have gotten a bit shopworn to my taste. The giggling thing, to denote "intimacy restored", is one. Nothin' wrong with mirth, but the dinner table scene was like holding a neon sign up to the audience, and saying "Relax. Here comes the happy ending." Al in all, I liked this much better than her last, which I found a "royal"snooze.