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189 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I both enjoyed. Guys, learn how to romance a lady., October 2, 2012
This review is from: Hope Springs (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell prove their worth as actors in roles they seldom play, but they all did a stellar job. As usual for these box-office hit professionals. Carell as Dr. Feld who takes a week to turn a stagnant 31-yr-old marriage on it's un-bridled love heals. Kay and Arnold are the couple who have to face marriage sexual reality in front of a shrink. Viewers feel as awkward as the characters are portrayed. Good acting makes this good story achieve greatness.

It's scenic, since the Omaha couple travel to Great Hope Springs, Maine for the intense week of therapy. And it's quite believable. It's emotional, like the struggles and high points of a real marriage after 31 years. In Feld's office, it goes from pathetic to comic. Intense to relief. Moments of endearment and others where the revelations become loud and in-your-face. Sometimes I wished I could hide myself, other moments I squeezed my wife's knee. She watched in the theater seat beside me. She immediately informed me we must buy the DVD when available.

OK, it's not for all. It's targeting older, mature viewers.
Teens will growl "gross" during the clothed sex scenes.
Young marrieds may envision their parents or grandparents.
Ladies 40 & over will find it lusciously romantic.
Older men will/can learn a few tips to sweeten your own sweetie. Works for me, 64 and alive.
Anyone calling this well acted encounter "far fetched" just isn't old enough to have been there...yet.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 11:49:56 AM PST
Tesha says:
In my view, this is a well-written, frank review without any sentimentality or prudishness. Well done!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 3:54:28 AM PST
Harold Wolf says:
Thanks, Tesha, for the kind words.
And thanks for your review of The Thorn Birds. It's been forever since I've seen that. I think I'll buy it and watch it with my sweetie wife soon. HW

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 12:04:07 AM PST
I WAY agree with you, Mr. Harold. I mean, at 43, I was a little uncomfortable with the clothed sex scenes, but the point was well taken: When a woman is WELL loved, NOT just pursued for sex, she MOST of the time returns in kind with unimaginable pleasure. (Vice versa with a man: when HE is WELL respected in the home, he MOST of the time seeks to please his wife in & out of the bedroom because he is pursuing an attitude (respect), NOT just her body.) I actually wanted to see this with the wife in the theater, but was too chicken s... to take her. Hooray for Blu-Ray, a 60" 3D TV & surround sound, eh?

Bravo, my good chap!!! Excellent & frank review. :O)))

PS. I know, I know...I'm gonna get some flak for my comments above...But, it's just that: MY opinion. Sorry... :O\

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 5:17:06 AM PST
Harold Wolf says:
No flak from me, Corey, well said. In Hoosierland, at least, it's courtesy to those you love. It's theme is Biblical. It's manning-up with integrity and responsibility. Neither gender is weaker when joined in body, mind, and spirit.
You wrote good words. As the Brits would say, "Spot on."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 5:41:43 AM PST
(BIG WOWSER!!!) Maybe it's something in the water in Indiana!!! As a Hoosier myself, I tip my hat to the kudos you left me, Mr. Harold. Yes, joined as one flesh; In body, mind & spirit!!! VERY Biblical, indeed!!!

Thanx so much!!! :O)))

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 11:13:27 PM PST
Harold Wolf-Absolutely loved this review as I equally love this movie! Your choice of the title really sums it all up as good can only follow...I must also comment on the comments themselves: Very candid and brave along with the review. Great writing! Sheryl

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 11:23:25 PM PST
@ Corey I. Marsh--Ok, here's that 'flak'...heartfelt and real comments, nice writing also. Sheryl

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 2:40:48 PM PST
G. Arnott says:
I am throwing MY hat into this fine ring here and say a big THANK YOU to you ALL! Y'all have made this Michigan woman want to rent it and I WILL tonight!! Hello to one of my FAV states: Indiana! GO HOOSIERS!

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 3:17:02 PM PST
Omaha? I did not hear that.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 8:46:02 PM PST
David Seaman says:
Amazon reviews are a shot in the dark. Many are one or two lines personal views on the film without justification. You, sir, are a credit to all writers and critics. Consider (If you'[ve the time) working for Amazon's VINE Program, where their top reviewers are sent galleys and asked to review them. You know how to write an essay and you are able to delve into elementws of the film that many would miss. I applaud you and thank you and, as a result of your review and the fact that Streep has never done a poor job in ANY film, I will now click "add to cart."
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