David Frankel’s joyful romantic comedy charts the affairs of the heart of a long-time married couple, who are desperate to rediscover the spark that brought them together more than 30 years ago.
The script spares few blushes, including hilarious scenes of three-times Oscar winner Meryl Streep practising her technique in private on a peeled banana, or attempting to perk up screen husband Tommy Lee Jones with a spontaneous act of giving in an empty cinema.
Arnold Soames (Jones) and his wife Kay (Streep) celebrate their latest wedding anniversary by buying each other cable television subscriptions.
The couple’s children Brad (Ben Rappaport) and Molly (Marin Ireland) sense all is not well, but Arnold appears unconcerned, content to stick to the same routines and sleep in a separate room to his wife.
In desperation, Kay uses her savings to buy a series of intensive couples counselling sessions with Dr Bernie Feld (Steve Carell), who runs the courses from his offices in coastal Maine.
Arnold begrudgingly accompanies Kay but he is reluctant to share his feelings. After much prodding from Dr Feld, the husband reveals he has always dreamed about a threesome with their neighbour Carol (Mimi Rogers).
It’s a tentative first step towards greater openness that could save the marriage.
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