movie: Hope Springs
starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: A middle aged couple decide they need to have therapy after their 31 year marriage becomes troubled.
This was difficult to sit through at moments. The conversation was frank but handled tastefully. I was really expecting more of a film along the lines of Heartburn or The Hours, but instead this was a more realistic approach to the topic of lost intimacy.
Tommy Lee Jones steals the film with his portrayal of a man who seems like a lost little puppy who just wants to be forgotten in the corner. His character is so comfortable in the cocoon he's built for himself that he fails to understand that his "perfect situation" is far from perfect for his wife.
He brings this beautifully real sense of awkwardness to the relationship and makes you believe that he feels out of his depth with the woman who "could have had her pick of men but picked him" scenes.
The rating on this was a PG-13, and you wont see anything worse then what you would on a typical soap opera, but the topical discussion should be given a more serious parental warning.
what do i think I learned from this film?
Sex is the second major form of communication besides talking, and when we loose sight of how to be connected on that level, we loose our ability to communicate in general with our mate.