HOPE SPRINGS (M) (100 min) THREE AND A HALF STARS
Directed by David Frankel. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell
Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are Arnold and Kay. They are married, and have been for many years. They no longer sleep in the same room, and haven't had sex in years.
Arnold seems comfortable with this situation, but Kay is deeply unhappy, and beneath her ''perfect wife'' routine, she is considering leaving Arnold.
Kay finds a relationship counsellor living in picturesque Maine and, after some cajoling, Arnold agrees to a week away in which to save the marriage. And so begins a romcom.
I went into Hope Springs with scant expectations, but I finished up enjoying this film quite a bit. Steve Carell is perfectly cast as the earnest counsellor, while Streep and Lee Jones generate some genuine and believable chemistry.
The comedy is unforced and occasionally gratifyingly adult, the dialogue is nicely under-written, and David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) knows how to get the best out of a script and a cast without ever letting the jokes overwhelm the underlying poignancy of the story.
Hope Springs does what it does in an efficient, inoffensive, and crowd-pleasing way.
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