Hope Springs

Theatrical Release: August 8, 2012
Hope Springs


Kay and Arnold are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place

Dove Review

Kay and Arnold are having intimacy problems and Kay seeks the advice of a marriage counselor played by Steve Carrell. During their sessions, the counselor talks openly about Kay and Arnold’s sex lives including what acts they engage in and if she fantasizes and masturbates. Each day of the therapy, he asks them to partake in a specific task in the hope that he can get them out of their comfort zones and re-engage in their relationship.

As you might imagine, there are a great many sexually charged scenes and explicit dialog which places this film far outside the family-friendly realm. While the characters are likable and loving to one another, this film is certainly geared toward a much more mature audience than those seeking wholesome entertainment.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Explicit sexuality discussed in a clinical environment including specific sex acts and positions; husband/wife kiss passionately and almost engage in intercourse; husband/wife engage in intercourse but both are clothed and nothing is seen; woman pleases herself sexually while in nightgown - while there is no nudity she moans rhythmically.
Language: GD-3; J-1; D-1 SOB-1; OG/MG-2; H-3; "Prick"-1
Violence: None
Drugs: Drinking of wine and champagne a few times; one scene in a bar.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman seen in sheer nightgown with breasts showing through briefly; semi-explicit book covers in a store.
Other: None


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: David Frankel
Producer: Todd Black
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe