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Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones Star In Relationship Comedy

  • Alan Silverman

Tommy Lee Jones, left, Meryl Streep and Steve Carell, right, at the premiere of the Columbia Pictures film "Hope Springs," at the SVA Theatre in New York, Aug 6, 2012.

Tommy Lee Jones, left, Meryl Streep and Steve Carell, right, at the premiere of the Columbia Pictures film "Hope Springs," at the SVA Theatre in New York, Aug 6, 2012.

HOLLYWOOD — A new comic romance stars Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a long-married couple trying to re-kindle the spark in their relationship.

After more than three decades together, Kay and Arnold are in a rut with the same routine day after day. For reasons neither will talk about, their love has grown cold. Desperate for help, Kay signs them up with a renowned family therapist …and Arnold is not too happy about it.

So off they go to the town of Great Hope Springs and the office of Dr. Bernie Feld.

Gradually the therapist teaches them to recognize their problem. But solving it remains a challenge they must meet together in order to stay together.

Meryl Streep plays Kay and, although the film is about a couple in their fifties, she believes audiences of all ages can appreciate it.

"I don't think it is age-specific," said Streep. "I think you can enter that zone of n-o-t knowing how to reach each other in an intimate relationship at any point."

Comic actor Steve Carell stars in the serious role of Dr. Feld, the therapist. Tommy Lee Jones plays Arnold and says acting opposite Streep fulfills a dream.

"We met in the 1970s and, of course, I've always wanted to work with her since the day I first laid eyes on her," said Jones.

Economical with his words, Jones says it was simply a matter of being true to the character's emotions. But Streep believes the film realistically shows how a couple finds a way to fall in love again.

"It is just a little movement within a relationship, but it's seismic and speaks to people. It speaks to your deepest yearning for connection," she said.

With all of the film's serious issues, Director David Frankel says he always kept in mind the potential for humor.

"It's funny because it is awkward or so intimate that you can't believe you're going to hear these people be so open and vulnerable with each other and knowing how painful and difficult that is for them," said Frankel. "So every day that we were shooting I wanted to remember that this should be funny also."

Hope Springs was written by Vanessa Taylor and was shot on location in Connecticut.
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