Billed as a "coming-of-age" romance, "Hope Springs" is more of an "old people having sex" romp that attempts an in-depth look at a marriage in trouble. While it boasts great performances by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, the script by Vanessa Taylor ("Game of Thrones") is a bit superficial in what we get to know and see as the long-married couple vies to bring life back into their wedding vows. Steve Carell plays it straight as a compassionate therapist who runs a week long intensive therapy workshop from his office in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Maine (filmed in Stonington, Connecticut.) The setting is quaint and the setup is heartfelt, but getting down and dirty it doesn’t get. We don’t really understand why Jones’ character is the curmudgeon he is, nor why Streep’s character is so submissive. These insights alone would have made their healing that much more realistic and compelling. What we get are cute scenes of the two experiencing each other’s bodies again and Streep contemplating fellatio on a banana. It all goes down very easy and watching the leads work is always a treat. But it floats away with the rest of the boats in the marina of Hope Springs as soon as the waters aren’t so choppy anymore.
Special features are fairly abundant for a movie that will appeal to a crowd not likely to watch them. They include: