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Was hope sprung, while watching "Hope Springs"?

I don't know what I was thinking when I suggested seeing this movie with my mother. I figured with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell all staring in this film, how could you really go that wrong?

Well let's just say, it didn't exactly go right.

Firstly it was my mistake not watching the trailer, so I went in thinking it would be a light hearted comedy. In a way it was, but mostly it was like sitting in on a couple's most private counselling sessions.

The plot of the movie is, a middle aged couple (Streep and Jones) have been married for 30 years and somewhere along the line they lost that intimate spark that helped hold them together. They attend intense couple therapy, where there therapist (Carell) tries to discover what went wrong, the couples intimate feelings and gives them sex-ercises to complete.

If the thought of watching Streep and Jones get intimate on the big screen isn't frightening enough, imagine watching it with your mother.

But what was more horrifying then both those things together, was Streep's hair, it looked like a mullet-birds-nest creation.

But the one thing I have to give this film, is it's shocking honesty and great acting from the whole cast. It's not one of those typical Hollywood rom-coms, where it goes from good, too bad and then straight back to ridiculously good. This was a real look at 30 years of marriage, the troubles and intimacy issues.

The movie seemed to drag at points and I wasn't a huge fan of the soundtrack (mainly because it made me cry at parts that weren't that sad).

I was happily surprised with the ending. It was a nice touch and left you feeling like there was some hope, after all.

Maybe I wasn't quite ready for the reality shock that this movie delivered (I want to hold onto my naiveness for as long as I can. Once you get married things only get better, right?). On the other hand, my mum said she enjoyed the movie.

I give it 2 and a half stars.
My mother gives it 3 and a half stars.

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Why? So you can decide if the movie is for you
When: Now showing
Where: At most cinemas
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I went to see Hope Springs by myself. I'm glad of that but I didn't enjoy the movie at all. Meryl Streep's movies are usually so gutsy but this one was a big disappointment.
by k.brant (score: 0|2) 2227 days ago
I saw Hope Springs a few weeks ago when it first came out. I (in my mid-40's), was probably the youngest in the half full cinema, but it didn't phase me. I LOVED the movie and would see it again. I recommended it to my in-laws and friends. I didn't really notice Meryl's hair because I was laughing too much at the way too awkward scenes and even had to put my hand over my mouth to try and smother my raucous laughter. I related to Meryl Streep's character on alot of levels and at times found myself tearing up as I saw myself in her in so many ways.
As Molly says, "Do yourself a favour" and watch Hope Springs. It's really worth the price of the ticket.
by steve (score: 2|134) 2227 days ago
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