Hope Springs (Rated PG-13)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell
Directed by: David Frankel
Synopsis: Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couples specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they try to reignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
My Thoughts: Before deciding to see Hope Springs, I figured if nothing else there should be some hilariously awkward and cringe-worthy moments. I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll admit that I can’t actually relate to this movie. I’m not middle-aged and I’m not married, but I’d hazard a guess that this is probably pretty spot on. It seems to be accurate in terms of my parents’ marriage, so I just assume it applies to everyone. Kay (Meryl Streep) pushes when she needs to and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) does what will make his wife happy. There were some amazing awkward moments (my favorite is pictured above), but I found their relationship inspirational. Arnold was a stubborn, but respectful and endearing husband. The effort he makes, simply because he loves Kay is just so sweet. As for Steve Carell, normally I think his dry comedy is hit or miss. In this movie, I loved him. He made a great couple’s specialist and when Kay and Arnold bonded over making fun of him, it somehow made me love him even more. I’m not saying it’s a perfect movie, but I would recommend Hope Springs to people of all ages and marital status.
3.5 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets (I’m caught between liking it and really liking it right now)
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