What is the secret to lifelong marital bliss? This question lies at the center of "Hope Springs." The new film stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as Kay and Arnold, a couple that has been married for more than 30 years, and yet are romantically estranged from one another. They sleep in separate beds. They celebrate their anniversaries with purchases of household appliances and cable subscriptions. They haven't intimately touched each other for years.
Researchers say they are seeing some social and economic benefits from the phenomenon of the "boomerang kids" — the steadily rising ranks of post-college Americans moving back into the empty nest with Mom and Dad.