Summary: While the comedic moments are a weight on the finished product, and while “Hope Springs” strives for an emotional depth it can’t always maintain, it gets points for treating older characters and their sexual and emotional needs with some measure of respect.
Excerpt: Help me out here. I know the traditional gift for a couple’s 25th wedding anniversary is silver and that gold is supposed to mark 50 years. But what do you get a spouse to commemorate your considerably less ceremonial 31-year wedding anniversary?
Conclusion: 'Hope Springs' fills a vital niche by frankly exploring a mature relationship and the challenges older couples face if they wish to sustain a healthy, fulfilling union, but director David Frankel's comedy may hit too close to home for some, who may find it more like a therapy session than a romantic...
Conclusion: Hope Springs is one of the most intimate, comfortable, and well-acted movies of the past few years. Few films open up so easily as this, and even fewer prove so authentic in making the complex relatable, in making two characters so believable, in making a story so personal this easy to care for.
Excerpt: The last time Meryl Streep starred in a middle-aged sex comedy, the result was It's Complicated , so you can forgive me for walking in to Hope Springs with something less than fevered anticipation.
Excerpt: Admit it-- you never, ever thought you'd see Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in a bedroom scene together. That's not just because of Hollywood's well-documented aversion to love scenes between anyone under the age of 30, though that's part of it too.
Excerpt: There are times—many times, in fact—when Hope Springs bears an uncanny resemblance to a movie made about adults, for adults. Not fake adults like the middle-aged ninnies in Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated , which have become the sad standard for over-40 Hollywood...