"Hope Springs" movie quotes take us along the journey of repairing a loveless marriage in the romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) go all in with the hopes of restoring the intimacy in their relationship as they visit intensive couples counselor Dr. Feld (Carell). Does the gamble pay off or after 31 years of marriage, do the Soames learn that they're not a good fit after all?
Directed by David Frankel, "Hope Springs" presents a marriage like we've all seen before. Two people have been married for decades, but the relationship is more procedural than romantic. That's the place Kay finds herself in but she also has the desire to make things between her and Arnold better. After reading a book from renowned relationship counselor Dr. Feld, she concludes that he could be the one to put the love back in her marriage.
With Arnold reluctantly in tow, Kay heads to a quaint little town in Maine to work one on one with Dr. Feld. It's not all daisies though as Dr. Feld forces the couple to leave their comfort zone in search of ways to bring the intimacy back.If "Hope Springs" isn't really your thing there are plenty of other great choices in the summer 2012 movie season. For laughs, try "The Campaign," "The Babymakers" or "Ted." If something more serious is more your fancy check out "Total Recall," "The Bourne Legacy" or "The Dark Knight Rises."
As the Kay and Arnold sit around the dinner table with their son, Brad, and their daughter, Molly, plus Molly's husband, Mark, it becomes painfully obvious to Kay that her marriage to Arnold is procedural, if anything. Instead of exchanging loving gifts for their 31st anniversary, the two simply upgraded their cable television package.
Molly: "Happy anniversary!"
Kay: "They are so beautiful! Huh, Arnold?"
Brad: "So what'd you guys get each other?"
Molly: "Yeah, 31, what gift is that? Silver? Ivory?"
Kay: "Oh! We got each other the new, uh, cable subscription."
Molly: "Oh great..."
Kay: "It's a lot of channels."
To get to the bottom of their intimacy issues, Dr. Feld asks Arnold about his fantasies. Kay however is not completely prepared for the response when Arnold mentions a threesome with their neighbor Carol.
Dr. Feld: "Arnold, do you have fantasies?"
Arnold: (quickly) "Threesomes"
Dr. Feld: "With?"
Kay: "Carol with the corgis?"
Arnold may be onto something here. Perhaps Dr. Feld makes his clients fly to this quaint little town where breakfasts are $12 so they can peel away the parts of their normal lives that distract them and let them focus on their relationships. Either that or he's getting a cut from those overpriced eggs.
Arnold: "Think there's a building in this town that does not have shutters? The whole town looks like it was built by Hansel and Gretel."
Kay: "Ha, ha, I think it's charming."
Arnold: "That's what they want you to think. Hey, do you think he did it on purpose? Picking the most remote possible town? It's like you're trapped on Alcatraz."
Kay: "Oh well, maybe he just wanted people to have to get away."
Arnold: "Yeah, from what? Cell phone service? I don't even have one bar. Think you can get a decent plate of eggs anywhere in this zip code?"
Kay: "Oh there's a... That little place looks sweet."
Arnold: "Oh that place, I guarantee you that place does not serve breakfast for under $10. You're a captive audience here. It's like you're in an airport."
Kay: "We're only here for a week. We might as well just try..."
Arnold: "A week?! I'll be bankrupt in a week."
Kay: "Let's go. Come on."
I Never Wanted Anything More
Not to complete spoil the movie but it appears that Kay and Arnold are actually making some progress with their marriage. Over dinner, they get back to the basics, what made them fall in love in the first place.
Arnold: "You could have had your pick. I didn't think you'd ever want me."
Kay: "I never wanted anything more."