Hope Springs

Synopsis: Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the Doctor's intense week long marriage counseling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30 year long marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor's advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage's fire is a daunting challenge for them both.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): David Frankel
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min





Come in!



What are you doing?

I was just thinking that...

I could sleep in here tonight.

In here? Why? Something

wrong with your room?

Is it too warm? Because I had that

air conditioner completely...


Well, then what?

I just wanted...

Oh. Well...

I don't...

(STAMMERS) Uh, I'm not feeling well...

I had pork for Iunch and I... Mmm-hmm.

I think it's probably best

if we just... If I...

Mmm-hmm. That's okay.

I mean, I...

I'll just go back.




# This is for

# The people holding hands

# And this is for the ones

# With broken hearts

# What I'm trying to explain

# Is in our Iives there'll come a day

# When we'll find those feelings

# Lost in the dark

Thank you. Mmm-hmm.

# The losin', the tryin'

# It's that crazy little thing

# That we call Iove


# And when it comes to you

# If I had to tell the truth

# About the mixed-up thoughts

# My mind's been thinkin' of

# It's Iike the sunshine

00? Mmm-hmm.

I'm making prime rib for our... Mmm-hmm.

# You bring me pleasure

# And you bring me pain

AII right. Bye!

# Ain't Iove somethin' #


Think you can change your marriage?

Change your marriage?

What do you mean?

Like you mostly eat in on Fridays

and then you eat out?

Or that you're at each other's throats

and suddenly you're Cinderella

and Prince Charming.

The second one.

No. No.

You married who you marry,

you are who you are.

Why would that change?

Well, if you wanted it to.

No, I think for that to happen,

it would have to be so bad

that somebody was willing to risk everything

just to shake things up

and then it may not come down your way.

No, change is hard. Marriages

don't change.

Hey, what are you making tonight?

The kids still coming over?

Yeah. Prime rib.

(CHUCKLES) Oh, they are so beautiful!

Huh, Arnold? Just what we needed.


I picked them out.


So what'd you guys get each other?

Yeah, 31. What gift is that?

Silver? Ivory? Paper?

No, it isn't anything special.

Just an off year.

Oh! We got each other the

new cable subscription.

Oh, great.

It's a Iot of channels.

First of all, so many of

you are dealing with,

"Should I open the club face,

or should I do this?"

You can Iearn to break Iike this.

All he's doing is he's

taking the club back.

He doesn't have a Iot of

wrist hinge at all.

In fact, in the down-the-Iine view,

what his swing looks like is,

the head of the club is outside

of the hands here.

Very, very late wrist set.

He gets up into here, Iike this,

and then his body is moving forward

while the club is going backwards

and that's how you get this

real... (TURNS OFF TV)



Turn off the air down here?



Night. Good night.

# More, more, more, give me

# More, more

# More, more, more, give me

# More, oh

# More, more, more, give me

# More, more

# More, more, more, give me

# More, oh

# Open me up

# And what do you find?

# Broken heart

# And a dusty mind

# You can take your time

# But I'll never take mine

# Write your life down

# Then break the spine

# I'm taking it down

# Taking it down

# And turning it around

# Turning it around

# And making a sound

# Making a sound

# For the first time in my days

# Oh, how I

# Need you

# To need me

# Need it so, need it so, need it so bad

# And you

# You want to move

# Along with me

# Do you want, do you want

# To move along with me? #

I can't tell you how many...


...questions I get on what constitutes

the perfect marriage.

I see couples who think their

marriages are over.

Who feel Iike it's impossible

to regain what they once had.

Well, it's not. It's not impossible.

And it's not too Iate

for anyone who truly wants

it and is willing to try.


Thank you. Mmm-hmm.


What are you... You eating?

No. I, I...

What? You're just going to sit there?


What do we got?

I want to go.

"Dr. Bernard Feld, Center for Intensive

Couples Counseling."

You want to go to intensive

couples counseling?

In Maine. Maine.

Only half the day.

Rest of the day you can read,

or Iook around the town.

$4,000 for a week?

Well, it's intensive.

Have to be gold-plated.

Well, I paid for it.


I used my C. D.

How'd you get access to your C. D?

I called Vince. Oh.

You called my office without

talking to me.

I made a reservation for us.

Well, cancel it.

I want to go.

Have you been to see Dr. Lesser?

Maybe this has something to do

with that hormonal thing.

I am not crazy, Arnold!

Well, then I don't know

what to say to you.

In all our years together, never have I...

Have you heard me ask for anything?

Excuse me? Did we not just get a new

refrigerator because you wanted...

That's not what I mean.

Well, you're a grown woman. You

can go anywhere you want to go.

But I'm not going.

So if you want to go to intensive couples

counseling all by yourself,

I'll see you when you get back.

Maybe I will.

AII right.

Maybe I will.

You're not going to get audited over $217.

Well, you're just not.

AII right! Call Terri to

make an appointment.

Yes, and thank you. Bye.


You know, Kay called

me. I meant to tell you.

That's nothing. She's just been

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Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa Taylor is an American screenwriter and television producer. She is known for writing Hope Springs, Divergent, and The Shape of Water, as well as for her work as a writer and co-executive producer on seasons two and three of Game of Thrones. Taylor is writing Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. For The Shape of Water, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. more…

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