Hope Springs: Lifeless Drama About Love & Sex After Sixty
Meryl StreepSteve Carell...
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Thirty years of marriage to a grouchy accountant is not an appealing prospect for anyone, and no one knows this better than the quietly spoken suburban housewife Kay (Streep). She has spent the last three decades of her life awkwardly tiptoeing around her husband who ignores her presence on a daily basis. The robot-like Arnold (Jones) doesn’t seem worried; their dull day-to-day routine suits him just fine, but Kay is obviously longing for more. The emotional detachment has put a big strain on their relationship and as she is the only who seems to take any notice.
Despite the limiting script, both Streep and Jones should be commended for their roles. Streep infuses the same grace into her part as she always does, while Jones, becomes a little more likable once he cuts loose. The twosome – who are on-screen together for the first time – compliment each other well. In the role of renowned therapist-come-self-help-author, however, Carell struggles; he comes off as dull and completely wrong for the part.