Hope Springs

Tommy Lee Jones as Arnold

Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and film director. He has received three Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.

His other notable starring roles include the award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Men in Black (1997) and its sequels MIB II (2002) and MIB III (2012), No Country for Old Men (2007), Batman Forever (1995), Under Siege (1992), Man of the House(2005), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Jones has also portrayed real-life figures such as businessman Howard Hughes, executed murderer Gary Gilmore, Oliver Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and baseball great Ty Cobb.

Meryl Streep as Kay

Meryl Streep born as: Mary Louise Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. She is widely regarded as one of the most talented actresses of all time.

Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), for which she won and Academy Award. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).

Streep has received 17 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and 26 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight, more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, an Australian Film Institute Award, five Grammy Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination, amongst others. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004 and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture through performing arts, the youngest actress in each award's history.

Steve Carell as Dr. Bernie Feld

Steven John "Steve" Carell(born August 16, 1962) is an American comedian, actor, voice artist, producer, writer, and director. After a five year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carrell found greater fame in the late 2000s for playing Michael Scott on The Office. Carrell has also starred in lead roles in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Evan Almighty (2007), Dan in Real Life (2007), Get Smart (2008), Date Night (2010), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012); and voiced characters in the animated films Over the Hedge (2006), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and Despicable Me (2010). Carell was nominated as "America's funniest man" in Life magazine, and received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series for playing the lead role of Michael Scott for The Office in 2006.

Hope Springs (2012)

August 12, 2012

Release Date: August 8, 2012
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: David Frankel
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell

Description: Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough. The real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

Review: I liked this movie and thought it was funny, although it is definitely geared toward an older crowd. It is rated PG-13 but I took my 17 year old daughter with me and she swears she is “scared for life” from watching people her grandparent’s age have sex. I know anyone under the age of at least 15 would be bored to death let alone uncomfortable with the story line.

I would recommend this movie for any adult, especially older couples that have been married for a while. There is a lot of humor and sadness.   I laughed and cried a lot.

It would have been nice to see more of Steve Carell in this movie, since he is one of my favorites, but his role is really minor. All in all, this is a great movie.

Review from a 17 year old point of view: I thought this movie was funny, but only at some parts. The whole concept of the story was good and I would’ve liked it a lot more if the couple didn’t remind me of my grandma and grandpa. I thought it was a really sweet movie and a loving idea of a married couple’s life after 31 years. Just some of the scenes I could’ve lived without seeing… I’m 17 so it’s not like I’m blind to what goes on in marriages but from my point of view, what goes on behind closed doors should stay there. So it definitely is a great film for older women, men and couples to see, but I personally wouldn’t see it again – a word of advice, don’t take your teenager with you to see it.