Hope Springs Movie Reviews

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

Release Date: Aug 08, 2012

Genre: ComedyDrama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    I agree it was a wonderful movie. I think Steve was perfect in his part. I could almost tell what he was going to say before he did. It was just plain fun. We have been married 60 years & I went to this movie with a lady friend. We both laughed out loud thru much of it as it was so true to life.

    But I think many men would just want to snub it. It presented what goes on & was not how men want to be shown, but sadly how many act after many years of marriage.
  • 1
    Such a depressing show, sort of like About Schmidt. Acting is fine, but predictable performances by Jones and Streep. A supposedly happy ending seems tacked on at the end of two hours of watching a couple get along poorly. Not exactly a date flick.
  • 3
    Just eww. I only went because of the actors but couldn't handle the story. Pointless and uncomfortable to watch. Left halfway through. The only good thing about it was seeing it at Cinebarre and having a very good pizza and beer during the previews.
  • 5
    LOVED this movie!!! It made me laugh so hard that I had tears running down my face and yes, ladies, bring a tissue for the sweet scenes at the end. That said, DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE FINAL CREDITS FINISH ROLLING or you will miss some of the best parts of the film (as some of the crowd did at my movie showing today). Steve Carrel did a perfect job as the marriage therapist (he is usually too immature in his other comedies) and Tommy Lee was cast by a genius, he reminded me so much of how my husband would have handled the scenes in real life. And Meryl...give her a "10" . Went with a friend but I think husbands should be required to see this movie, especially if you have been married over 30 yrs. Fun movie, again, I absolutely LOVED IT.
  • 1
    I went to see this movie because I love Streep and Jones but was disappointed. Their performances were good but the content was uncomfortable. Expect to see the AARP crowd which a few of them actually walked out during the masturbation scene. Not for me!
  • 5
    I heart anything Meryl Streep has ever done. She's just the best, and I know I'm not the first person to say that. She's really super sweet and cute and relatable as Kay in Hope Springs. She plays a middle aged wife who wants to find her husband desirable again. She is willing to put in the effort, he's just not so convinced that they need help. After all, after 20 plus years of marriage, isn't it normal to fall out of physical lust and passion for one another? The movie could easily have become a gross out fest about old people getting it on (and in this day in age, that's probably what you'd expect after movies like "That's My Boy" and "The Watch") but the director wisely made it a classy affair. Steve Carrell really nails his part as a sincere marriage therapist - I was almost shocked by how restrained and mature his performance was. All in all, a really great gem of a movie, and not too late being that it is nearly the end of the summer movie season.
  • 2
    I went to see this movie because it stars one of my favorite comedians, Steve Carrell. After his last movie (that road trip farce with Keira Knightely) I thought this would be a chance for him to prove how funny he really is. I was WRONG. He plays a marriage therapist that writes books about old people basically getting it on. Ew! I like Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, but I don't want to see a movie about an old couple that's trying to get hot under the sheets...that's strictly off limits for my tastes!
    There are a few funny moments in the movie, especially when Meryl's character tries to be sexy by going to the book store and getting all kinds of self help books, but I was disappointed to see Carrell play his character so dry and straight. I hope that he's a lot funnier in the sequel to Anchorman which was just announced. He deserves a funnier script.
  • 5
    At last, a movie for me! The summer movie season is usually hard for a middle aged lady like yours truly (ok, maybe I exaggerate a bit) but except for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel there's been precious little for grown ups to want to watch at the cinemas this season. This is a sweet and touching movie about a couple that is trying to reignite their passion for each other. Meryl Streep's character reminded me of every woman my age I know: we want to be great lovers as well as wives but sometimes it's just impossible and we get embarrassed by the thought of actually trying to be seductive. Meryl plays this to the hilt, especially when she goes to all sorts of crazy lengths to try and be the woman she thinks her husband deserves. Tommy Lee Jones was kind of too snarly for my tastes and I kind of hoped Meryl would end up with Steve Carrell at the end (ha!) but then that would defeat the purpose of the movie. A great little flick that will make you feel like you're not alone in your struggle to be perfect after all these years.
  • 4
    Meryl Streep is a gift from the Gods to every film critic, filmmaker, and film lover on the planet. She is, quite plainly, the best working American actor on the screen of the last 35 years. (Daniel Day Lewis is a pretty darn close second, imho). But such hyperbole aside, reviewing a Meryl Streep movie is a difficult task for one reason and one reason only: Streep is one of a handful of actors in the world who breaks the cardinal rule of actors only being as good as the words that they are given. She is sublime, transcendent, and gobsmacking in every role she does, no matter how great or how awful the movie is. As such, I never know if I automatically give any movie in which she stars a favorable rating purely because The Legend is there to pick up the entire enterprise and make it watchable.

    Hope Springs let her share the burden with two other accomplished and capable actors: Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carrell. The basic premise of this movie from the director of The Devil Wears Prada is something you probably saw in an old episode of The Golden Girls or Everybody Loves Raymond: couples in their 60s who no longer feel that sexual yen for one another. It’s a common problem, to be sure, but is it something you want to see Meryl Streep engaged in exploring in a two-hour movie? Meryl Streep? Sitting on a toilet with a peeled banana in hand pondering how to, um, fit it in her mouth?

    Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) visit Doctor Feld (Carrell) to try to reignite the spark. The good news is that they both love each other. The bad news is that their bodies have become hollowed after decades of marriage, work, children, grandchildren, and the general malaise of Life. Unfortunately, the movie is too saccharine for its own good. We get the standard formula answer that the biggest and best way to tackle lack of sexual chemistry is to pack up the SUV, drive off to a retreat, and wander along the beach while Enya plays in the distance. Um. Okay.

    Carrell plays his part ultra-dry, quite the opposite of the buffoonish men he’s played in most of his career, and it works amazingly well. Jones gets to snarl and be a gorilla on occasion, gently coaxing out the gentleman within by the end. And, of course, Meryl Streep makes a perfect pitch as Kay, a homely and sweet woman who in the hands of another actress would have been a plain bore. Streep gives her dimensions and layers that we don’t even know are there until late in the movie. I miss the crazy b@#$ of The Devil Wears Prada but kudos to Streep for taking a standard 60-plus vanilla mother goose and making her (gasp!) a sexual adventurer.
  • 4
    I thought this movie was cute, though not as good as I wanted it to be. It's funny and real and I suspect a lot of people can relate to it (it's about being sexually frustrated) especially older people who have been married for years and years. I really loved the director's last movie "The Devil Wears Prada" with Meryl and Anne Hathaway, especially because it was so glamorous and about the fashion world. This movie is a lot less tense and a lot more sweet, sometimes I wish there was more tension in the story. I usually don't like Steve Carrell (something about him just annoys me) but he was surprisingly good in this movie. He doesn't try to be funny or over the top, he plays it just right. It was also nice to see Mimi Rogers on screen after a long time...I think she's so pretty! The movie is a feel good flick and will probably be popular with the older crowd, but I think people my age will also enjoy it a lot. Meryl rocks.

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