“Hope Springs” was just what we were looking for. Not Danny and I, but my sisters, Mom, and I. We had not seen a movie together since “Home Alone” in Chicago. Figuring it to be a chick-flick, hubby didn’t want to go, but one brother-in-law went and he sounded amused. The audience was made up of groups of white-haired ladies, who really seemed to enjoy it. Our group also chuckled and giggled, but it was so very predictable. Afterwards, I heard everyone saying, “It’s so true,” which is kind of sad. Afterwards, I was saying, “They could not have picked a better guy for that role than Tommy Lee Jones,” Mr. Grump. We all agreed that Dad would have hated it.
Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) have been married for 31 years, haven’t had sex in 5 years, and sleep in separate rooms. Kay has become very despressed and unfulfilled. She does not want another husband, she just wants hers to be better, more attentive and affectionate, as well as giving her pretty gifts instead of impersonal household appliances. Arnold could care less, content with the status quo and not delving into any feelings whatsoever. But Kay perseveres and uses her own $4,000.00 for one week of intensive couple-counseling with Dr. Feld (Carell, who was perfect and patient) in Maine. There are a couple tantalizing moments and more than a couple hurtful moments, but everything works out in the end, of course.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.