Here's a movie that's most likely going to appeal to an older age bracket (that's why I took my 60 plus parents). It stars Hollywood's longstanding leading lady Meryl Streep and former action man Tommy Lee Jones.
Meryl Streep tries to spice up her marriage in Hope Springs
Streep is wonderful but seeing her as a timid character takes a bit of getting used to. We've seen her as confident opposite Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated, and aggressive opposite Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada.
In Hope Springs, Streep plays Kay, the frustrated wife of accountant Arnold.
The pair has been married for 31 years, but marriage is like Groundhog Day for this couple who don't even share a bed anymore and whose anniversary presents are joint gifts like a new cable subscription.
Kay takes drastic action when she signs up for intensive couples' counselling with a therapist (Steve Carell). She's not even sure that her stubborn husband will show, but he does and we follow their progress and embarrassment at sharing their stories with a complete stranger.
Hope Springs was overall an enjoyable film. But the biggest problem was that, if you've seen the trailer, you've already seen how the whole film plays out. And you've already seen all of the funny bits.
Unfortunately it's one of those flicks that you expect will have a lot of laughs, but instead turns out to be more of a drama. (Why do film companies do that when they make their trailers?)
The actors are great. The script just needed a bit more work.
PS: My parents liked it. Mum said she liked it more than expected because she doesn't usually like Meryl Streep. But both agreed it dragged a bit.