- Actors: Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Mary Steenburgen, Heather Graham, Frank Collison
- Directors: Mark Herman
- Writers: Mark Herman, Charles Webb
- Producers: Barnaby Thompson, Grace Gilroy, Uri Fruchtmann
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
- DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000TZ7FY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Hope Springs [DVD] 
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When Colin Ware (Colin Firth) is dumped by his fiancee, Vera (Minnie Driver), and then discovers that she is about to marry another man, he becomes a desperate man. In a bid to heal his broken heart, he heads for America and ends up in Hope, a small New England town. There, the locals try to help him overcome his 'injury' by introducing him to Mandy (Heather Graham). Is he ready to love again, or will the sudden re-appearance of Vera throw his new romance into turmoil?
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The three sides of the love triangle Firth/Graham/Driver are well cast, with Driver being especially good as the ex (sort of) fiancee who just refuses to let go of the ever lovely Firth who, having fled to the States to try and get over the break up of his engagement, finds himself more interested in Graham's character than trying to patch up his old relationship. The support cast is also funny and quirky as the inhabitants of a small American town fascinated by newcomer Firth. You get the feeling that the cast had fun making it.
It's not perfect - it lags a bit in the middle, although the beginning and end are well paced. I also felt that although we were meant to feel the strongest bond with Graham's character it was not as fleshed out as it could have been or as strong, so she came out as a little dull compared to Driver. Others may disagree.
The extras include a run-of-the-mill 'making of' feature.
If you like gentle romantic comedy and have a fondness for Colin Firth then you will almost certainly like this.
All three leads put in good, if unspectacular performances; the bitchy, yet feeling Vera portrayed by Driver being the best of the bunch. The film is also visually excellent, its cinematography sweeping wonderfully amongst the leafy trees and helps add an extra depth to some of the quieter intimate moments between Colin; both alone and with Mandy or Vera. 'Hope Springs' is not a groundbreaking or astounding film, but nor is it supposed to be. It possesses enough charm, a good enough script, and a handful of clever plot twists which stop it from getting too formulaic and one-dimensional. If gentle, neatly-observed comedy, with a good helping of romance is your thing, then 'Hope Springs' should be on your 'to see' list.