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Family Movie Review: Hope Springs (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 100 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. Teenagers won’t necessarily be interested in this movie, but the film is certainly catered toward a more adult, married demographic. Some very sporadic cursing and prevailing sexual content, with discussions regarding intimacy, all kinds of sex, and various implied sex scenes, both in private and public. Best for an adult date night.

‘Hope Springs’ is a tricky movie to pin down, integrating brutally honest conversations about marriage and intimacy with an overzealous, too-prevalent soundtrack and rushed conclusion that cheapen serious emotional moments. Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are wonderful, as usual, but the film loses its courage in the final act.

By Roxana Hadadi

“Hope Springs” is impressively acted, honestly delivered, and seems brutally real—until its final half-hour or so. No matter how well Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones act, their performances can’t fix the fact that the film basically lacks a really well-thought-out conclusion, one that matches the earlier level of detail. The old adage says that it’s not about the destination, but the journey; nevertheless, with “Hope Springs,” the latter loses its shine because the former doesn’t satisfy.

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