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Then She Found Me

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Then She Found Me

Helen Hunt (2007)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A New York teacher faces a mid-life crisis after her husband leaves her and her adoptive mother dies. To confuse matters further, she embarks on a relationship with the father of one of her students at the same time as her birth mother, an eccentric talk-show host, appears seeking reconciliation. Comedy drama, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick.

Cast & Crew

April Epner Helen Hunt
Frank Colin Firth
Bernice Graves Bette Midler
Ben Matthew Broderick
Trudy Lynn Cohen
Freddy Ben Shenkman
Dr Masani Salman Rushdie
Director Helen Hunt
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Other Information

Language: English / Hebrew Colour Theatrical distributor: Chelsea Films Guidance: Swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Sep 2008

Comedy Drama

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