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Streep, Jones Give Reason for 'Hope'
What a treat to watch
The previews have us believe this is a sexy romp for seniors, but it's actually a serious story of a marriage that's turned Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones, at his cantankerous best) into merely roommates after 31 years.
Kay reads about a famous couples therapist and announces she's booked them for a week of counseling sessions in Maine. It's a tossup as to what Arnold finds more annoying — the idea that his wife wants to talk about their marriage and sex life, the price of the trip, or leaving Omaha.
Streep and Jones hold nothing back, and you can see their discomfort, anger and fear as surely as if these were real characters. We know these people.
By all rights, "Hope Springs" is a clichéd Lifetime Channel movie (complete with an overly bouncy soundtrack). But in the hands of such gifted professionals, it's a raw and honest portrayal of two people wanting to love each other again.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.