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Hope Springs Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

AARP date night is now in session. Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

Not a lot of spring in its step, but packs a lot of punch. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    More comedic drama than midlife romantic comedy, rather literally titled Hope Springs holds few surprises but delivers plenty of warmth.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie perseveres with affecting, sometimes startling candor, and eventually delivers on its promise by confronting the dark fears and furtive hopes of a couple no longer young.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Hope Springs dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of naked adult intimacy and its discontents.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Marital dramedy is well acted but won't interest teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hope Springs -- a romantic comedy about a sixtysomething couple trying to save their 31-year marriage -- isn't very likely to appeal to most tweens and teens. Although there's no nudity in the movie's one actual love scene, plenty of sex talk (positions, preferences, erectile dysfunction) is part of the conversation as the characters explore the reasons they're no longer intimate. And there are a few scenes of passionate kissing, foreplay, and a humorous attempt at a public sex act. Language is fairly mild except for several uses of "goddamn," "Jesus," and "Christ." The couple drinks during a dinner date and gets a bit tipsy. Overall, this is a pro-marriage story that encourages husbands and wives to appreciate each other and hold on to why they were drawn to each other in the first place.

  • Families can talk about how Hope Springs deals with a lot of mature issues -- especially the married couple's sex life. What is the movie's message about long-lasting marriages? How does counseling help Arnold and Kay?
  • How is Arnold and Kay's sixtysomething love story different than romantic comedies about younger couples?
  • What audience do you think this movie is targeted at? How can you tell? Does it succeed in reaching them?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Valuable messages and themes about the joys and sorrows of a successful, long marriage. As the marriage counselor says: "Even great marriages have terrible years." The counseling sessions are full of sage advice about rekindling the spark in a complacent marriage and not taking your spouse for granted, no matter how long you've been together.

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    Role models: Kay works hard to try to save her marriage from the domestic malaise she feels. She seeks help from a professional marriage counselor and tries to do everything the counselor suggests to make things better, although Arnold is really hesitant and stubborn until he comes to realize just how much he wants to make Kay happy.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of talk about sex (or the lack thereof) in long marriages. Kay and Arnold have a sexless marriage, and they have to discuss it with their counselor in detail. The couple offers many specifics about their sex lives, including sexual positions, use of toys, preferences, and fantasies. Also a few scenes of passionate kissing, foreplay, and a humorous attempt at a public sex act, but only one actual love scene (no nudity).

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "hell," "prick," "damn," and several exclamations of "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," "Christ," "Jesus," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Product placements include The Golf Channel, Coldwater Creek, Barnes and Noble, Subaru Outback, and EconoLodge.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Arnold and Kay drink wine and champagne during (and after) a fancy dinner date. Kay drinks (a lot) at a local bar.

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