An AARP Sex Comedy
Release Date: August 08, 2012
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: MGM/Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: David Frankel
Writer: Vanessa Taylor
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman
Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman
Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures/TriStar/Screen Gems/Affirm Films/Provident Films)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000; Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/
The typical child who learns where babies come from realizes their parents didn’t get them from a stork, but they don’t want to spend a moment envisioning their parents’ sex life. HOPE SPRINGS was apparently made with the thought there’s an audience for scenes of grandparents attempting oral sex in a movie theater.
The movie opens with Kay (Meryl Streep) trying to entice her husband Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) into having sexual relations with her. His utter disinterest is painfully insensitive. He’s content to have a wife who fixes him a piece of bacon and a fried egg every morning, leaves him alone the rest of the day and sleeps in another room.
Kay finds a marriage therapist in Maine she wants Arnold to visit with her. She purchases sessions and airline tickets with her life’s savings. Arnold very reluctantly comes.
The therapist, Dr. Feld (Steve Carell), tries to drag out of them details about their sex life, their fantasies, and their sexual desires. He then gives them assignments with the hope of reviving their sex life. One assignment leads to a botched attempt at oral sex in a movie theater. Another involves the purchase of a book about sex trips for straight couples from a homosexual.
The acting in HOPE SPRINGS is excellent. It also has many clever lines. However, the premise is simply repulsive and the visuals disturbing. Even if a couple is married, it’s simply not entertaining to watch their sexual escapades.
The secret to a great marriage is not in experimenting with unexplored sexual possibilities. It’s putting God first, your partner second and yourself third.
Where are the movies showing what it really takes to love your spouse more after 50 years of marriage than on the day you got married? Movies require conflict to drive a plot forward, but where are the stories of couples facing conflict together and succeeding? The world needs movies that truly strengthen marriages. The collapse of the family may be the greatest problem facing the world. Kinky sex therapy isn’t the answer.
On an interesting side note, the screening MOVIEGUIDE® attended was filled with elderly people who got their tickets through AARP. The screening actually started with a lengthy ad for AARP.
The acting is excellent in HOPE SPIRNGS. It also has clever dialogue. However, the therapist’s advice and assignments lead to scenes no person would want to think about regarding their parents or grandparents. The way to save marriages and strengthen families isn’t kinky sex. Media-wise adults will want to avoid HOPE SPRINGS.