Hope Springs [2012] ★★★

People over 60 talking about sex and — yikes! — having it! Welcome to “Hope Springs”, a comedy drama that qualifies as a waking nightmare for teens and infantile men whose definition of “hot” hovers around women in their 20’s. Screw them. In this delightful movie from director David Frankel (who previously worked with Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”) , Tommy Lee Jones and Streep play a couple who’ve been together for 30 years. Problem is: their marriage has become so routine they barely speak to each other anymore. Then one day, Streep asks her husband to join her at an intensive couples’ retreat in the small Maine town of Great Hope Springs, where Dr. Bernie Feld (Steve Carell in an unusual role) will help them get through this difficult period. So basically, this is Jones and Streep as you’ve never seen them before. It’s also Jones and Streep at their bravest and riskiest. By trying to patch things up, they both deliver honest performances that blast your expectations and batters your heart. But how much you enjoy “Hope Springs” may have to do with your expectations. I don’t mean to damn the film with faint praise, but I wasn’t expecting anything edgy or innovative. I anticipated a good-looking film with delightful performances and that’s just what I got. Not many movies deliver completely on their promise, but this one does. And I’d gladly watch it again, just to savor those delicious performances.

Rating: 3/4

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