Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have been married for 31 years. They sleep in separate bedrooms and we discover have not had sex for five years. Theirs is a life of monotonous routine, no spark, and no fun, more of an existence than life. Kay decides she wants more; she wants to do something to regain what's been lost and convinces her husband to participate in a week of couple's therapy with a renowned specialist Dr. Bernie Feld (Steve Carell). From there we watch two people try to climb out of their rut to something more open, honest, spontaneous and very much loving. One scene in a restaurant has our protagonists talking briefly with another couple also seeing the specialist who confess to coming back every year for a "tune-up". Is this a warning to all of us?
I enjoyed the film and I know that anybody who has given or is currently giving thought to relationship issues will find the movie thought provoking. Should everybody consider a regular tune-up?
This isn't a summer blockbuster action adventure. The story, while applicable to any relationship, may be of more interest to somebody a tad older who has experienced marriage. A good film is a good film and this is one. But if you've got a few of the life experiences shown in the film, the film will hit home and make you reflect on your own situation whether currently married or currently divorced. Ah, where's Dr. Bernie Feld when you need him?
Rotten Tomatoes: Hope Springs: 77%
Led by a pair of mesmerizing performances from Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, Hope Springs offers filmgoers some grown-up laughs — and a thoughtful look at mature relationships.
Wikipedia: Hope Springs (2012 film)
Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, and starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.