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‘Hope Springs’ trailer: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are in search of a spark


Meryl Streep. (Evan Agostini/AP)

After Arnold and Maeve Soames celebrate their 31st anniversary, Maeve realizes how stagnant their marriage has become. So they travel to meet with a therapist/self-help book author (Steve Carell) tasked with teaching them how to be intimate again.

Based on the trailer, I’d say it’s a sentimental film about love and growing older, with a tame sex joke involving bananas thrown in for laughs.

“Hope Springs” was directed by David Frankel, whose past films include “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me” and “The Big Year.” The Post’s Ann Hornaday called “Big Year” “quiet, genial and mild-mannered to a fault.”

In an interesting twist, the film was written by Vanessa Taylor, who penned “Garden of Bones,” the extremely violent episode of “Game of Thrones” that recently aired — the one that involved torture via rat-bucketing. Pretty sure that won’t come into play in “Hope Springs.”

I’m a cynical, non-married person, so I’m not a huge fan of this trailer. But I think it’s got great mass appeal. And of course, Meryl Streep is involved. At the very least, her performance will be worth watching.

Watch the trailer for “Hope Springs,” which is due out in August, below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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