As long-married spouses taking part in a couple's therapy workshop, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones work overtime to bring a sense of urgency to this big-screen self-help book. Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) and screenwriter Vanessa Taylor take a grown-up view of both therapy and post-middle-age sexuality (there are no cheap jokes about erectile dysfunction), and the movie (2012) argues genially that anyone might benefit from a good talking cure. Yet these modest virtues are buried under such hard-sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom-style close-ups that disrupt the narrative momentum. With Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, and lots of product placement.
Director: David Frankel
Producer: Todd Black, Guymon Casady, Steve Tisch, Jason Blumenthal, Nathan Kahane and Jessie Nelson
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Jones, Steve Carell, Brett Rice, Mimi Rogers, Elisabeth Shue, Jean Smart, Damian Young, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland, Patch Darragh, Becky Ann Baker, Charles Techman, Daniel Flaherty and Ann Harada