"Hope Springs" for senior sex in Meryl Streep comedy

Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:05am EDT
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the popular 1979 film "Kramer vs. Kramer," Meryl Streep's character walked out on an unhappy marriage. More than 30 years on, Streep plays a middle-aged woman struggling hard to keep a sex-starved relationship together in her new movie "Hope Springs."

The bittersweet comedy-drama brings Streep, 63, and Tommy Lee Jones, 65, together for the first time as a couple whose marriage has so lost its spark that they give each other a new cable TV subscription for their 31st wedding anniversary.

Desperate for a shake up, Kay (Streep) persuades a reluctant Arnold (Jones) to attend a week-long counseling retreat with a couple's specialist, played by Steve Carell, the former star of TV comedy "The Office." All three sat down with Reuters in a joint interview.

"You get acclimated and I think people lose heart in themselves. You feel your own limits as time goes on and it's nice to have someone else to blame it on," Streep said of Kay and Arnold's stale relationship.

Jones, better known for his dry-humored roles in the "Men in Black" action movie franchise, said: "People get bored. And lazy. They do look for someone to blame."

The movie, which opened in U.S. theaters this week, mines the romance-for-the over 50s territory seen in Streep's more exuberant 2009 comedy "It's Complicated."

Streep, who has won three best-actress Oscars, said the movie was aimed at a discerning, baby-boomer audience that doesn't "respond to the same sort of things that kids do. They're looking for something that used to be in films of their era, and they don't find it."

"IT BETTER BE FUNNY!"   Continued...

Cast members Tommy Lee Jones (R) and Meryl Streep pose for a portrait during a media tour for the film "Hope Springs" in New York, August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford