Hope Springs 2012

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David Frankel directs this comedy drama about a middle-aged couple who seek professional help after running into marital problems. Scripted by Vanessa Taylor, the film tells the story of Arnold and Maeve Soames (Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep), who have hit the rocks after 30 years of marriage. Recognising that they must face the problems in their relationship, they decide to attend an 'intense counseling weekend', where they are taken under the wing of impassioned couples therapist Dr Bernie Feld (Steve Carrell).

Starring:
Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
Director David Frankel
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio MOMENTUM
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
Director David Frankel
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ianesco on 18 April 2014
Format: DVD
This is the first time I have ever rushed to put a review on Amazon, simply because I wanted to counter some of the many negative reviews about this film.
I purchased this movie because it was cheap but had actors I admire in it - assuming rather cynically that it would be OK but nothing more.
Wrong!!!
Firstly, this is the most intelligent script I've watched in ages - totally unpredictable, totally real, sparse, taught and non-wordy - Vanessa Taylor, we need more from you.
Secondly, the performances are probably the best that Streep and Lee Jones have ever given - the greatest test of an actor's skill is to ask them to play 'ordinary people', and both of them make these characters so real it hurts. In particular, playing 'awkward' can feel stagey with even the best of actors - Streep and Lee Jones on the other hand make you totally identify with their situation.
If you don't like the idea of anyone over 40 having sex, you won't like this film (and I suspect many of the press reviewers fall into this category)
On the other hand, if you've lived life and found sex and love to be wonderful, if complicated, and - duh! - have actually worked out that one day you'll be older and have less skin elasticity too, then you'll love this movie.
Cook yourself a nice dinner, open a decent bottle of wine and just sit back and enjoy this movie which I personally found to be a real gem.
And shame on the Oscar people for not nominating it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2013
Format: DVD
Hope Springs was a surprising film. A small film dealing with feelings, what was and what might be. Meryl Strrep stars as Kay, a wife who wants her marriage back. Tommy Lee Jones, plays her husband, Arnold. He is fine, no problems, does not want to discuss feelings, repressed and probably depressed.

Kay, purchases a week of Intensive Counseling for Arnold and herself in Maine. She uses funds she has saved, she Really wants to save her marriage. Arnold very reluctantly accompanies her, but he is adamant he won't share. Steve Carell plays the therapist, a very even tempered therapist who does not put up with any bull#%^*. He moves the two of them along, and it is a sight to behold. Sometimes funny, often emotional and always so well done. Streep plays the part to a 'T', but it is Tommy Lee Jones who surprises us. He plays a much deeper, quiet side, but is the star of this show. I can see so many people after thirty one years of marriage who would benefit from this film, maybe married five years , need the lessons learned.

Recommended. prisrob 04-10-13
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Manaha on 19 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It makes you laugh, cry and think, which I find rare in comedies about relationships and sex. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how difficult it can be to relate to each other emotionally and physically, but it does so in a lovely, enjoyable, touching and non-depressed way. Not to mention the acting, which is brilliant and seriously funny. One of my favourite movies of the last few years.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Fed up with the rut of suffocating mid life mediocrity her marriage is stuck in Kay books a week with a couples specialist in Maine for herself & crotchety husband Arnold.
Once there they must struggle with their inhibitions and years of reserve in order to reignite the love they once shared.
As usual Hollywood doesn't know what to do with something well written & serious so this is sold as some sort of romantic comedy. It's not.
There are funny moments but they are subtle and tinged with remorse and pain.

That this works at all is largely thanks to a chemistry between Streep & Jones that works beautifully. They portray two people who have grown 'comfortable' with each other & have allowed the spark to go out of the marriage. They are the epitome of 'going through the motions'.

Kay is willing to try & open up but Arnold see's no reason for change and dismisses the whole week as a waste of time & money.

As a tight fisted grouch Tommy-Lee Jones is pitch perfect. No over acting, a subtle scowl or barely heard remark are often enough to show his displeasure while Meryl Streeps Kay is desperate to see improvement and Streep portrays her pain & frustration with a fragility that is very moving. Beneath the submissive surface though lies a determination that slowly highlights that if she & Arnold fail here she may well be prepared to reconsider her future.

As the therapist Steve Carell plays it totally straight. Absolutely no humour and a quietly spoken catalyst for change.

This avoids just about every feel good movie trope there is, no gags or lazy jokes, virtually no one else but the three main characters, no rushing around to take in every bit of scenery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
A very poignant film. It has elements of humour and sadness. I guess it's a situation a lot of couples find themselves in...the spark (and sexual side) going out of a marriage.

Kay (Meryl Streep) books her and her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) onto a weeks intensive therapy course with the Therapist played by Steve Carrel (in a straight role for a change). As the week progresses they have ups and downs in putting their marriage back on track and I felt the end of the week was realistic.

I'm a fan of all the actors in this film, so I found it enjoyable.
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