Then She Found Me

  • 15
  • Helen Hunt (2007)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Humour and heart combine to bittersweet effect in actress Helen Hunt's confident but uneven feature debut as writer/director. Adapted from Elinor Lipman's novel, this is a low-key tale of truth and acceptance, in which Hunt plays a drab, 39-year-old schoolteacher whose desperate yearning for a baby intensifies after her husband (Matthew Broderick) leaves her. Events are complicated by her adoptive mother's death and the subsequent appearance of her biological parent - a brash talk-show host portrayed by a typically exuberant Bette Midler. Though the film is laced with acute and wryly amusing observations about modern life and relationships, it ultimately strives too hard for authenticity. Consequently, situations and dialogue often feel contrived and clumsy; particularly those involving Hunt's single dad love interest Colin Firth, whose performance veers between nobly charming and annoyingly unrealistic. Despite the flaws, there's an overall warmth and poignancy that makes this film shine.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama, co-written, directed by, and starring Helen Hunt. Colin Firth and Bette Midler co-star. Thirty-nine-year-old schoolteacher April is desperate for a baby - so desperate that it destroys her short marriage. But just when she thinks life can't get any harder, her adoptive mother dies and a woman claiming to be her birth mother suddenly makes contact.

Cast and crew


April Epner
Helen Hunt
Colin Firth
Bernice Graves
Bette Midler
Matthew Broderick
Lynn Cohen
Ben Shenkman
Dr Masani
Salman Rushdie


Helen Hunt

Other Information

English / Hebrew
Theatrical distributor: 
Chelsea Films
Swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Sep 2008
Certificate 15
Artificial Eye