My wife and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on Friday 14th September, and so our 21-year-old daughter took us to see this film on its opening night.
Boy did we laugh; and squirm. We never stopped smiling all the way through and left the cinema two, well three actually, happy bunnies.
Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) have been married 31 years and are in a rut so deep that Kay feels lonely in her marriage, while Arnold, a grumpy, cynical, uncommunicative tax lawyer who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing is happy to bimble along in the same routine.
They even still sleep in separate bedrooms following a bout of illness four years previously that forced them into separate bedrooms temporarily.
Kay has had enough, rejects the inevitability of another 31 years of loveless boredom, and decides that marriages can indeed be rejuvenated, so she browses the self-help books in the local bookshop.
Most are way too racy, but one book by renowned couples’ therapist Dr Bernie Feld (Steve Carell) catches her eye. So she books them in for a week’s counselling in his clinic in the small Maine township of Great Hope Springs.
But Arnold isn’t playing ball, sees nothing wrong in their marriage, and rejects the idea outright of paying some shyster to pry into their private lives. Then the fun starts…
I am not sure if there was some underlying intent in our daughter’s choice of film, but this movie should be required watching for any couple who have been together more than 10 years. Not to mention unmarried 21 year-olds.