This was much better than I was expecting. Tommy Lee Jones is perfect as the curmudgeonly husband, set in his ways and routines. His palpable discomfort at going to counselling generated a few laughs. Meryl Streep is excellent as the lonely, unhappy wife who wants some love and intimacy back in her marriage. Steve Carell, as the counsellor, shows he can act without needing to be funny.
Gorgeous. Hilarious. Despite the story being about two 50 somethings reconnecting, you don't have to be 50 or over to enjoy it.
Not suited for the younger viewer
Not a comedy. touching in many ways. Shows how couples can drift apart but also come back together. Better than I thought it would be. I am not a huge Meryl Streep fan but she did a good job.
Is Meryl Streep ever in a bad movie? If so, this isn't it. Marriage going stale after three decades is hardly a novel premise, but it's done very well in this story. The couple's discomfort in talking about their relationship, intimacy and sex is all too real and amusing to watch. It's no great surprise that a bit of outside prompting does wonders for the relationship, but not without a few trials and tribulations on a rocky road.
No Idea what this movie was like. I NEVER GOT THE DVD?
A delightful movie that could have been horrible with the wrong cast lol. Meryl her usual awesome self but Tommy Lee was a surprise in this. Very funny and came across so warm. Enjoyed it. My only but..... why Steve Carrell as the analyst. Kept waiting for him to do something funny. And he didn't.
Would be a good film for older watches not for the young ones
Went to places I was not expecting. Meryl and Tommy Lee awesome as usual. As someone in their late 20s I was possibly not the target audience, but very good nonetheless.
Too slow for me, I guess I expected more of a comedy
a great movie with exellent actors
I hoped it would be better. The only thing that sprung was my tolerance theshold at the 40 minute mark.
Um, yeah...was expecting a bit more from this, not sure why - possibly because of the lead actors. It was a 'nice' movie - I thought it could have been punchier, bit slow for my liking, I might be in the wrong age bracket to be watching it. It was ok, plodded along with an outcome that most will probably be happy with.
Good actors but a weak script. Very predictable.
Another great movie, we both enjoyed the story
Really enjoyed the acting and story in this movie. It was real life and real funny
Got this one only as a last resort (to fill up the numbers of DVDs required). Boy am I glad I chose it.........brilliant. Not a fan of either Meryl or Tommy Lee, but in this instance I really liked both of them. Good story & for once it wasn't directed at the young ones. This is one middle aged couples can really relate to. A 3.5, not quite a 4
Could relate to many components of this movie, but found the ending very wanting
Terrific movie, two great actors.
very funny feelgood movie
Liked it, my daughter thought it bit weird, I thought she liked it too..
Better than average rom com/feel good movie. Genuinely heart warming & excellent acting from all three main characters.
Brilliant. 2 good actors with a great theme and well presented. Loved it!
Nice movie for a lazy day, had some funny scenes.
Great movie. Adore Meryl and amazing how she takes on her parts to such an extent that they are totally believable. Great chemistry between her and Tommy Lee. Interesting hearing the honestly and I venture to say it spoke to many people and could have even made their relationships so much the better for taking on board some of the things discussed. I would like to think so.
It is so nice to see a couples therapy session on the big screen that is taken seriously. I loved the discussions in session about intimacy: an issue i think many people in relationships (not just marriages) can relate to. Of course a few cringey metaphors were used- taking digs at therapists, but overall it was actually believable, and more so- positive. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones have brilliant chemistry showcasing them as the tired married couple, and Steve Carell does a good job at being the therapist. I liked the soundtrack too. 4 stars.
Brilliant, funny, great acting. I am not a big Meryl Streep fan but she was very believable. Just a really great enjoyable movie, highly recommended.
Loved this movie, covers all the awkward bits in any relationship but has laughs too
great girls nite in movie
A good movie yes there old, but thats life.
A very good movie about the point of marriage and life in your twilight years. Hits home with most couples!
Thought provoking. Shows how important communication is.
A light fun movie with a good ending
great film except they are both old and the idea of oldie sex is not great. nice touching emotional moments and some interesting views put across though. she was a bit of a ditz though
This movie is about an older couple trying to find the passion in their marraige again. It was a bit slow but in the end it all worked out for everybody.
If your a baby boomer you will feel a little uncomfortable sometimes ie "been there done that" but hang in there you might learn something & change !. Streep brilliant as usual ( love the banana scene) Jones rough & tough. Words that come to mind are intimate, awkward, gentle, painful, heartwarming,indifferent, anger, cruel, resentful, encouraging, truth, put them altogether and you have an unusual but quality movie. Recommended
I loved this but my husband was no so keen. They were both very good actors.
Acting great but movie a bit SLOW
This is a gentle and heartwarming film. The awkward moments only serve to portray with painful accuracy the personal journey of married couples. Meryl Streep is perfect as the all too agreeable wife who has reached the point of wanting more and steps off the edge of her all too-familiar existence with complete faith. Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect cranky husband who is dragged along kicking and screaming. Through them we see how life can change us without us even realising until we wake up one day and find our lives not to our liking. Steve Carrell steps out of his usual character roles into one of gentle guide, he is the perfect therapist, regardless of Jones vitriol. We watch their natural transformation, relieved at the outcome with our faith in our own ability to change renewed. Of course being able to relate intimately to the situations the film explores helps.
Good acting but a sad movie. Definitely not a comedy too true to life. Felt rather uncomfortable watching it with my husband although he did go out and buy me some chocolate at the end of the movie.
sometimes films like this should not be inflicted on couples married more than 40 years; a bit close to the bone here and there. expected a bit more of a lighthearted approach, even a comedy maybe. however, a well made film with extremely good performances from the leads. but not necessarily a film i would recommend.
Tommy Lee Jones is underrated... Great performance against a legendary actress... Steve Carell was perfectly cast... Loved it
More sad than funny - all the jokes in the trailer are all you're going to get. I wanted more laughter instead of a consultants couch.
I liked this movie and so did my mother. It is easy to watch and at times a bit teary.
Quite light and enjoyable. But I found Meryl Streep's character just a little too pathetic. Which in turn made me lack a certain amount of sympathy. I could clout and sympathise with her husband at the same time. Mars and Venus to put it all very simply in a lot of ways. I thought the standout here was without question, the gentle, earnest and perfectly balanced performance by Steve Carell. One of his best yet.
A bit slow in parts but overall I did enjoy the movie. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play very good roles and good departure for Steve Carrall.
Yawn!!! I'm still waiting for the storyline!!!
not bad for a chick flick
OK Just average watching, a little slow
Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are both perfectly cast. A bit short on laughs but looks at some important issues that are often ignored in Hollywood movies.
How many couples have you seen or know that exhibit the behaviour of Kay and Arnold in this movie? Long married and in a rut of indifferent and passive aggressive exchanges. Lacking intimacy but prevented from rapprochement by a wall of past refusals and resentment built brick by brick over their long time together. The loss of communication means that intimacy is impossible. I agree with those that find this movie uncomfortable because it is so real. Streep is brilliant as the quiet loving and uncomplaining wife but determined to re-establish the intimacy of their earlier life. Jones does an equally good job in the difficult role of smouldering, uncommunicative and resentful husband, deflecting his anger into never ending and exhausting cynicism. The way out is not easy but the sessions with the therapist played by Carell provide some welcome light relief . The sound track is cutesy at times and the resolution perhaps too predictable but still a very worthwhile look-see.
Two great actors making it real. You just have to forget about MIB.. Not for laughs but a valuable message for couples in their twilight years trying to keep the fire alive.. and the door open!
Really enjoyed this movie about love and sex for we older couples...the soundtrack sometimes was a bit jarring, detracting from the scene instead of enhancing it...otherwise a feel good mix of serious and humour...
Not bad! For older generation...always like Meryl S.
Pretty good, but though it would be a lot funnier.
This is not a rofl comedy but it is very enjoyable. You feel like you want to slap the 2 main characters to get them to stand up for themselves or to wake up to themselves. Also liked Steve Carell as the therapist and his non-emotional delivery of each of their tasks.
This is a very difficult movie to review. . . . . as a married women of 30 years it was a little too close to reality to be comfortable, certainly not a movie that a younger couple (if you were newly married you would give up before you started! ! !) would enjoy and not a romantic comedy as I was expecting. The acting is excellent even though I didn't find the characters very likeable. Over all a very depressing movie to watch but have given it 3 stars as it is well acted and it does eventually have a nice ending? ? ? ? ?
A friend told me she felt like reading 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' again after watching this movie! ! ! ! ! LOL
So well acted and totally agree with Kimbo's review.
Not really sure who would enjoy this movie. Definitely not if you're young!! Uncomfortable for me watching it with my elderly parents who have endured a similar marriage bereft of intimacy....
It is not a comedy...all the amusing clips are in the trailer. The acting is spot on though and if you're a couple in trouble maybe see this movie to kick start some discussion on your intimacy issues before seeing the therapist !!!!!!
It was painful to watch at times. Old people and sexual relations does not make for enjoyable watching. Yuk
Meryl Streep what were you thinking? This movie has two of my favourite actors in it and is so disappointing. Both characters were so unlikeable that you just wished they would divorce and get it over with!
The plot seemed simple enough, a marriage in trouble, but when you have Streep and Jones you expect a treat and they did not disappoint at all. The scenes where they are sitting with the therapist you can cut the tension with a knife. You expect Streep to be brilliant and she is, but Jones more than holds his own. It is difficult to play a man who is unable to be vulnerable and he truly excelled.