Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Hope Springs -- a romantic comedy about a sixtysomething couple trying to save their 31-year marriage -- isn't very likely to appeal to most tweens and teens. Although there's no nudity in the movie's one actual love scene, plenty of sex talk (positions, preferences, erectile dysfunction) is part of the conversation as the characters explore the reasons they're no longer intimate. And there are a few scenes of passionate kissing, foreplay, and a humorous attempt at a public sex act. Language is fairly mild except for several uses of "goddamn," "Jesus," and "Christ." The couple drinks during a dinner date and gets a bit tipsy. Overall, this is a pro-marriage story that encourages husbands and wives to appreciate each other and hold on to why they were drawn to each other in the first place.
Lots of talk about sex (or the lack thereof) in long marriages. Kay and Arnold have a sexless marriage, and they have to discuss it with their counselor in detail. The couple offers many specifics about their sex lives, including sexual positions, use of toys, preferences, and fantasies. Also a few scenes of passionate kissing, foreplay, and a humorous attempt at a public sex act, but only one actual love scene (no nudity).
Language includes "hell," "prick," "damn," and several exclamations of "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," "Christ," "Jesus," etc.
Valuable messages and themes about the joys and sorrows of a successful, long marriage. As the marriage counselor says: "Even great marriages have terrible years." The counseling sessions are full of sage advice about rekindling the spark in a complacent marriage and not taking your spouse for granted, no matter how long you've been together.
Product placements include The Golf Channel, Coldwater Creek, Barnes and Noble, Subaru Outback, and EconoLodge.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Arnold and Kay drink wine and champagne during (and after) a fancy dinner date. Kay drinks (a lot) at a local bar.