Monday, December 24, 2012

Hope Springs (2012)

Director: David Frankel. Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Mimi Rogers. 100 min. Rated PG-13. Drama/Comedy.

Old-age couple realize they're just living under the same roof rather than being married, and seek marriage counseling assistance. Although the setting is quite engaging, I had many problems with the story: mainly, in an effort to clarify the magnitude of the couple's problem, the writers dig themselves so deep into portraying the characters as helpless opposites, any chance of rectifying the marriage seems impossible. And surprise surprise, the ending is extremely contrived. Streep and Jones are top-notch (as always), but I'm amazed at how Carell pulls off every role he plays, in lieu of almost no flexibility between acts.

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