Box art for Hope Springs (2012)

Hope Springs (2012)


Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 15
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's something like Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage," as translated into the universe of the Lifetime Network.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fresh: "Hope Springs" is a minor miracle of a movie.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 10, 2012

Rotten: These modest virtues are buried under such hard-sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom-style close-ups that disrupt the narrative momentum.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Audience Reviews

5 stars

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- jarobb3, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 stars

A funny, heartwarming and in depth look at long term marriage and the effects of it over the years and what divides them. A compelling, gripping and feel-good experience at the movies and is portrayed by three dynamic stars who all give top-notch performances. Director, David Frankel crafts a sharp, smart and dazzling romantic comedy for adults. Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streeo are outstanding together, they have funny, loving and compelling chemistry that works, they give some wonderful performances. Steve Carell is brilliant, giving a smart, effective and understanding performance. Romantic comedies with this much depth and reality rarely come along.

- allan913, Friday, November 30, 2012

4 stars

Even though it's aimed at older people, there was a lot to like here. I personally found the cranky old husband quite amusing (though I wouldn't if I had to live with it!). Meryl is great as usual. Nice little story about a couple who have been married a very long time and whether they should call it quits.

- romy861, Thursday, September 27, 2012