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HOPE SPRINGS [Additional material,Audio description]

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HOPE SPRINGS [Additional material,Audio description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 99m 43s

Genre(s) Additional Production Material, Drama

Director(s) David Frankel

Cast includes Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 11/12/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HOPE SPRINGS is a drama about a couple who decide to attend sessions with a relationship counsellor in an attempt to rediscover the romance and excitement of their marriage.


The sex references occur in the context of therapy sessions in which the couple are asked about their sexual history. The questions posed by the therapist are very matter-of-fact and the couple's responses are often comic because they have different attitudes towards the need for therapy. There are verbal references to sexual positions, sexual acts and fantasies and masturbation. However, the specific therapy context within which they occur means they do not register as particularly crude. There are scenes in which the couple put into practice some 'exercises in physical contact' that their therapist has suggested. For example, in one scene the wife attempts to perform a sexual act on her husband in a cinema. However, no strong detail is shown and her efforts get no further than some awkward fumbling and an embarrassed admission of failure. There is also a scene in which it is discreetly implied that the couple are masturbating separately, suggesting that the therapy is not working.

The film also contains some moderate and mild bad language, including uses of 'God', 'Jesus', 'pissed', 'screw you', 'son of a bitch' and one use of 'prick'.


Title Information
Additional material,Audio description
Technicolor Polska
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
99m 43s
BBFC reference
Audio Descriptive

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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