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"HOPE SPRINGS"
(2012) (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff None
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence None


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A long-married couple sees a marriage counselor stemming from the wife wanting to reignite their relationship.
PLOT:
Kay (MERYL STREEP) and Arnold (TOMMY LEE JONES) have been married for 31 years, with two grown kids now out of the house. While they're civil toward each other, there's no romantic spark left in their relationship and after going through their normal daily routines, they sleep in separate rooms each night. Tired of that, Kay looks for some way to fix their marriage and thinks she's found it in a week-long couples program.

It's held at the Center For Intensive Couples Counseling run by Dr. Bernard Feld (STEVE CARELL) in Great Hope Springs, Maine, and Kay immediately buys admission and plane tickets for the program. Arnold, however, is less than excited about the notion, finding all sorts of things to complain about it, but he ends up reluctantly going along.

Dr. Feld tries to get to the bottom of what's causing their problems, and the discussion eventually turns to their sex life, or lack thereof, all of which makes Arnold very uncomfortable and more prone to complain. Yet, as the sessions continue, he finally starts to open up to suggestions and exercises that Dr. Feld proposes for the two spouses. Even so, and from that point on, it's uncertain whether all of that will save the marriage.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're a fan of someone in the cast, it's not that likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For mature thematic content involving sexuality.


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