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Hope Springs

3

Marriage-counselling romcom that's saved by its cast

Casting is the saving grace of David Frankel’s soft-centred romcom.

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a couple with a burnt-out marriage who haven’t had sex - or even talked much - for years.

When she arranges for them to attend a counselling course at the Maine resort of the title, he’s angrily resistant, refusing to co-operate… you can see the ending coming within the first 10 minutes.

Steve Carell’s the therapist, playing it determinedly straight, and Streep’s excellent as ever.

But it’s TLJ, his outraged grumpiness gradually melting, who makes the movie despite its predictability.

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