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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hope Springs by David Frankel, 2012 (PG-13)

with Meryl Streep (Prime, The Iron Lady, Marvin's Room, It's Complicated, Julie and Julia, Kramer Vs. Kramer), Tommy Lee Jones (MIB 1, MIB 2, MIB 3), Steve Carell (Crazy Stupid Love, Dan In Real Life), Jean Smart, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland (Mildred Pierce), Patch Darragh, Brett Rice, Elisabeth Shue (Deconstructing Harry, The Saint, Leaving Las Vegas), Mimi Rogers
Duration: 100 minutes

After decades of marriage, a devoted couple (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) go see a couples' counselor (Steve Carell) in order to spice things up and reconnect. The real challenge for both of them comes as they try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

Hum... That was an interesting topic. If I hadn't looked twice, I would have thought this was a movie from the director of It's Complicated, The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want, Nancy Meyer. But it isn't. Perhaps you can feel it is the director of The Devil Wears Prada, in the cynical tone that hums over the whole movie. Steve Carell is probably the best that happened to it. If not, it would have turned out to be a very cheesy romantic comedy. And Tommy Lee Jones in his eternal grumpy role and Meryl Streep as a woman asking for love are convincing enough for the journey.

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