Arnold and Kay are a stuck-in-a-rut couple who have been married for 31 years. They have an empty nest and separate bedrooms and Kay is very lonely. She insists that Arnold accompany her to intensive couples counselling with the famous Doctor Feld (Carell) to try and rebuild their relationship.
Arnold seems to think being married for 31 years is enough in itself to have a successful relationship – but it clearly isn’t. They don’t communicate, touch or be intimate. Will the doctor be able to rebuild what they had, or is it time to walk away?
I thought this film would be a lot funnier. Carell, oddly enough, hasn’t been cast as the funny man and doesn’t provide the comic relief. He is gentle and calming and serious. But despite this, he is mildly amusing anyway.
Streep and Jones were terrific and the film was quite moving. I enjoy seeing Streep as a mature woman working her way through relationship issues (see It’s Complicated), and indeed, this film will appeal to the more mature amongst us.