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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hope Springs (Vanessa Taylor)

Directed by David Frankel, 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. Kay has finally had enough and finds a book which inspires her to sign them up for a Doctor's intense week-long marriage counselling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30-year-old 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.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland, Elisabeth Shue

My thoughts on this film: I saw the trailer and thought it looked hilarious, but then I went on to watching the movie...
I expected nothing but greatness from such a wonderful cast and got... nothing!
With some funny moments, this looked more like a romantic story than the comedy it was supposed to be. Steve Carell was not funny at all, Meryl Streep was the romantic and clumsy wife in love with her husband - nothing new there and this sounds funnier than it actually was -, leaving Tommy Lee Jones with all the funny lines.
Some bits were a little too mushy and awkward for my taste; however, to be fair, it was not all so bad, I did laugh, but overall this movie was disappointing.

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