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‘Hope Springs’ won’t win Oscars, but it’s not bad

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in 'Hope Springs'
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Hope Springs’

[rating=3]Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Elisabeth Shue
Director(s): David Frankel
Writer(s): Vanessa Taylor

Let’s meet the Soames family.  “Arnold Soames” (Tommy Lee Jones) is an accountant who has a bad back, loves golf so much he falls asleep every night watching golf instructional television, and has been married for 31 years to “Kay” (Meryl Streep).  Kay works in a clothing store and longs for the days when Arnold didn’t sleep in a separate bedroom because of his bad back.  She longs for the days when he would touch her with longing, and kiss her somewhere other than chastely on the cheek .  She longs for the days when they had sex.  Frustrated, she is wandering through the self-help section of a brick and mortar bookstore (they are getting rarer and rarer, aren’t they?) when she finds a book on having a better marriage by “Dr. Bernie Feld” (Steve Carell) and buys it.

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