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Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 August 2012 (USA)
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After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

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Eileen, Kay's Friend
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Brad, Their Son
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Molly, Their Daughter
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Mark, Their Son-in-Law
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Vince, Arnold's Friend
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Charlie, The Docent
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Mike, The Innkeeper
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Ann, The Happy Wife
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Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the Doctor's intense week long marriage counseling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30 year long marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor's advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage's fire is a daunting challenge for them both. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Sometimes to keep the magic, you need to learn a few tricks.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality | See all certifications »

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8 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Great Hope Springs  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,650,121 (USA) (12 August 2012)

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$63,536,011 (USA)
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Trivia

Dr. Feld tells Meryl Streep's character of a metaphor of fixing a deviated septum, which Meryl Streep has in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Arnold is getting ready to head to the airport, he puts on a dark tie with small stars. When he sits on the airplane it is a totally different tie. See more »

Quotes

Arnold: Marriage!
Dr. Feld: What does that word mean to you?
Arnold: It means we have a marriage licence and I pay all the bills.
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Referenced in Hope Springs: The Passionate Performer (2012) See more »

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Written and Performed by Lenny Kravitz
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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hope springs then collapses in a heap on the ground
16 February 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

An ill-fated decision to give in to my girlfriend's pleas, seeing it was Valentines day. This movie has all the slovenly pace, predictability and dryness of the "fix your marriage book" that kicks off Meryl Streep's quest for conjugal bliss. In fact, take away the wasteful use of top stars and this could quite possibly have been a CD inserted in a sleeve in said book, for those who prefer to have their book read to them.

Throw in some unsexy and awkward discussions and scenes around pensioner sex, and you have yourself one very boring, painful and unentertaining film.

I can appreciate that some viewers "recognised" the film subject matter, but that doesn't legitimise eschewing a script and the arts of film making in favour of a lazy minute by minute "public record" approach


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