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Then She Found Me
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An all-star cast with memorable performances by Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler and Colin Firth powers this smart, funny drama about love and destiny. Desperate to start a family, schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) is thrown into confusion when she is unexpectedly abandoned by her husband (Broderick). She gets another shock when she meets her unusual birth mother (Midler), a self-centered talk show host who's not exactly the ideal mom. At first she rejects her, along with the attentions of a divorced dad (Firth), but then she begins to find her life opening up in ways she had never imagined.

Like all the most intriguing titles, Then She Found Me lends itself to multiple interpretations. Does "she" refer to New York talk-show host Bernice (Bette Midler, in a welcome return to the screen), the self-proclaimed birth parent who enters the life of schoolteacher April (Oscar winner Helen Hunt) upon the death of her adoptive mother? Or does the pronoun refer to April, who meets divorced dad Frank (Colin Firth) the day her marriage to co-worker Ben (Matthew Broderick) comes to an abrupt halt? The surprising conclusion to Hunt's directorial debut suggests a third interpretation. In adapting Elinor Lipman's novel, Hunt treads well-worn ground, but does so with grace and sensitivity. When Ben walks out on his 39-year-old wife, she fears he's left with her chances of having a baby. As much as she enjoyed her childhood, April would prefer not to adopt, and with the support of her non-adopted brother, Freddy (Ben Shenkman), she struggles to reconcile her warm feelings towards the awkward Frank with her chilly reaction to the slippery Bernice. Though April has a hard time imagining they could be related, the teacher and the TV personality both want children in their lives, so it's not as if they lack a common bond. When April finds out she's pregnant, further complications ensue. Though Then She Found Me circles Lifetime movie-of-the-week territory, Hunt resists the urge to smooth away her charactersĄŻ rough edges, investing her film with the crackle of real life. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews:

  • Interesting Movie
    I purchased this DVD because I'm a Colin Firth fan and found this to be a very interesting movie directed by a very talented actress....more info
  • then she found herself?
    her mom was someone knew herself after struggling a lot.
    her daughter was still on the way like her two boy friends.
    so did she find herself at the end?
    I'm still wondering whether she did or not.
    interesting movie for my age of near and over 40s....more info
  • AN OVER LOOKED GEM
    The plot line of this movie reads like a soap opera script but the acting saved it from being one. Bette Midler did a great job of reigning herself in and every other actor is just as great. This film is a great accomplishment for Helen Hunt, who starred in and directed (her debut) this movie.

    It tells the story of a 39 y.o. woman (April) whose sole focus is to have a child before it is too late. As she herself is adopted, she desperately wants to have a child of her own. As in real life, things do not go exactly as planned. This film was fun to watch despite the kleenex staged moments.

    The thing that struck me the most was the ending. As an adopted child, April was determined to have her own flesh and blood and adoption was not an option. She felt that there was a difference between herself and her mother versus her mother and her biological child. The resolution was a beautiful sight to behold. We learn so much more about our own parents when we become parents ourselves, no matter how we get there. Too often we learn things about our parents when it is too late.
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  • Amazing
    I must admit that I was reluctant to rent this move, as a black woman I couldn't help but think, "what's in it for me?" with not much else to choose from, I took this movie home and found it lacking in nothing. The acting was superior from top to bottom, the dialog --- let me just say, nothing should be this funny and honest and sad and true, and the outcomes! This movie falls far away from the familiar, in that, just like life, you don't get what you'd hoped for, and people don't come in neat packages, but you do get all that you need. Helen Hunt, I can only pray that this will NOT be her last directorial excursion. Well done...more info
  • Bette rules!
    Bette Midler and Helen Hunt get the message across that it's not easy being a family but it's always possible no matter the circumstances. Together they put on a really great show, hope to see more of them....more info
  • Happy I found this film
    I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was very well written and each actor gave a wonderful performance. I'm glad Helen Hunt was finally able to get this story on film. Bravo!...more info
  • Good Actors - Bad Story
    This was such a huge disappointmet. The commercial for it seemed to be funny and quirky, though dramatic. That is perfectly a good recipe for me. However, the guy that you are supposed to like, you don't. The woman that is supposed to be going through a hard time, you don't care about because she brings it on herself. Sure, the ex-husband is not a good person, and they have their falling out, but then in reality, they would NOT have tried to get back together, not even for a quicky. And the 8-week old baby in the sonagram with a fully formed head and body and strong heart beat - did they never have children these writters and directors? the inaccuracies of the doctor visits was horrible. I have been there for my children, and even though at 8-weeks they are not that fully formed, it is still wonderful and beautiful. Fiction takes liberties, but do not try to with Mother Nature. And the ending made the movie worse than the hour and a half previous to it. There was no reason for the way things went, and the characters were completely unlikeable, and the story very fake. I would never recommend this movie to anyone EVER!...more info
  • Real life story, not a fairy tale
    This story could have been told to me in real life, it is not the fairy tale story we usually see in Colin Firth or Helen Hunt movies. The ending is too rushed, with several key scenes left out. (For example, what happened with the IVF? What's the deal with Colin Firth, and how long did it take for him to forgive her? Why are they not together? Whatever happened to Matthew Broderick? Is Bette Midler still involved in Helen Hunt's life, or on they on the outs again? How difficult was it to obtain this chinese kid?) This was really disorienting, with no cues as to how much time had passed between scenes (months? years?) I was hoping to find these scenes in the bonus features, but instead there is just a long series of boring interviews where the actors drone on and on about how wonderful they all are. Skip those!
    This movie is really different than the book, where the focus is on how the bio mom is a chronic liar. The focus in this movie is how you can't trust anybody, giving the film a pessimistic tone.
    No happy ending, unless you're rooting for chinese orphans. Why would a deeply religious Jewish character adopt one?
    Salman Rushdie was surprisingly good. Bette Midler played a caricature of herself. Matthew Broderick seemed to be sleepwalking. Helen Hunt seemed emaciated and fatigued. Colin Firth was an old curmudgeon (he's much better in the Bridget Jones movies!)....more info
  • I Can Relate
    Then She Found Me was a unique movie that I appreciated. As an adoptee who has searched for birthfamily I could relate to this story, I appreciated the rawness and realness this story provided. Each character had a story that was heard. I would recommend this movie to anyone with experience and/or is curious about adoption and relationships within it....more info
  • Only Better Midler has a likable role among the four main characters
    We saw "Then She Found Me" at the AFI Dallas 2008 Film Festival. The directorial debut from Helen Hunt seemed poised for promising things, but never found an audience. Its widest release was a paltry 153 theaters. Box office receipts fell just short of $4 million domestically. The worldwide tally was right on $8m according to Box Office Mojo.

    The reason? Like others on these pages have noted, of the four main characters only Bette Midler was likable. Delightfully so. I spent the time The Divine Miss M was off-screen waiting for her to return. Helen Hunt looks tired and determinedly unhappy. Matthew Broderick is odd, nebbish (and chunky to boot). Colin Firth's character keeps an explosive temper barely under wraps. I realize these are the roles they're playing, but the result is that you're hard-pressed to root for any of these three.

    However, my kudos to Ms. Hunt for the awesome stunt-casting of Salman Rushdie as a gynecologist. That rocked. I felt like I was in on a nice inside joke there. And I would have found more scenes to deploy Ben Shenkman, who appears here as Ms. Hunt's on-screen brother. This great stage actor was indelible in Mike Nichols' HBO adaptation of Angels in America. He's regrettably under-utilized here....more info
  • Only Better Midler has a likable role among the four main characters
    We saw "Then She Found Me" at the AFI Dallas 2008 Film Festival. The directorial debut from Helen Hunt seemed poised for promising things, but never found an audience. Its widest release was a paltry 153 theaters. Box office receipts fell just short of $4 million domestically. The worldwide tally was right on $8m according to Box Office Mojo.

    The reason? Like others on these pages have noted, of the four main characters only Bette Midler was likable. Delightfully so. I spent the time The Divine Miss M was off-screen waiting for her to return. Helen Hunt looks tired and determinedly unhappy. Matthew Broderick is odd, nebbish (and chunky to boot). Colin Firth's character keeps an explosive temper barely under wraps. I realize these are the roles they're playing, but the result is that you're hard-pressed to root for any of these three.

    However, my kudos to Ms. Hunt for the awesome stunt-casting of Salman Rushdie as a gynecologist. That rocked. I felt like I was in on a nice inside joke there. And I would have found more scenes to deploy Ben Shenkman, who appears here as Ms. Hunt's on-screen brother. This great stage actor was indelible in Mike Nichols' HBO adaptation of Angels in America. He's regrettably under-utilized here....more info
  • Okay but stereotypical
    This film was saved by Bette Midler who injects humour, wisdom and fun as the biological mother, Bernice. Helen Hunt who plays April Ebner I am afraid to say looked drab and depressing. The film also just trotted out the old cliche of "panicking woman with biological clock ticking" format. The scenes with Colin Firth are dull and the conversation is stilted and it was a bit cringy watching. I read that many feminists are lauding this as an excellent portrayal of motherhood but I disagree. There seems to be, in April's desperate attempts at motherhood, very little airplay for ethical issues such as the child's right to having a father. There is no mention of this just the "I want a baby!" cry from April. The panicking was depressing. I felt actually a bit down after this movie because I think there are many women out there who are happily producing children in their late thirties and into their forties. The boundaries are being pushed constantly and yet here is a film that just uses the panicked woman as its protagonist. I don't see that as innovative for motherhood or even pertinent in this era. ...more info
  • Horrible movie!
    I have always been a huge fan of both Helen Hunt and Bette Midler so I thought that a movie with them together had to be a winner. Big mistake on my part! I was and still shocked by the screenplay's continual negative reference to international adoption. The movie's dialogue has constant commentary about "no, I don't want a Chinese baby". As an adoptive parent, I am painfully aware that not everyone understands my choice or how international adoption works but I found the commentary offensive. I cannot recommend this movie to anyone!...more info
  • an extraordinary film
    Then She Found Me is an astonishingly moving, hilariously funny movie. Had Bette Midler been lucky enough to be directed by Helen Hunt early in her career, she would actually have a movie career. The acting, on all counts, is gloriously, painfully, earth-shatteringly real. Helen Hunt's direction is flawless, and she is clearly able to get performances from actors that I suspect they did not know they were capable of.

    I borrowed the DVD from a friend, and after I watched it, I walked over to my computer and ordered it because I knew this was a film I'd want to watch again. When it arrived a few days later, I watched it again, and laughed and cried harder than I did the first time. Then She Found Me is a breathtaking film, one to watched and savored for its heartfelt emotions, honest humor, and depth of feeling.....more info
  • Can it get worse ?
    This movie is so gosh awful it's hard to put in words.

    The story is so scripted. No emotion or relaity in it at all.

    Helen Hunt walks around looking like a total hag with a wrinkled brow (she looks well over 50 when she is supposed to be playing a 39 year old. And skinny! What happened to her?) I did not like her character at all. AT ALL!!

    There is no chemistry between her character and Colin Firth's .. It's ridiculous. And I hated the way she treated her birth mother.

    Can you tell me ONE possible motive for someone to lie about being someone's mother?? That is just stupid.

    Bette Midler is lovely but I am embarrassed for her that she took part in this total dog of a film....more info
  • I Can Relate
    Then She Found Me was a unique movie that I appreciated. As an adoptee who has searched for birthfamily I could relate to this story, I appreciated the rawness and realness this story provided. Each character had a story that was heard. I would recommend this movie to anyone with experience and/or is curious about adoption and relationships within it....more info
  • Helen Hunt Directs
    Helen Hunt makes her film directing debut in this heartwarming, funny dramedy in which she plays a childless 39-year-old teacher, who is on a major losing streak. Within days of each other, her immature husband (Matthew Broderick) leaves her, her adoptive mother dies and, out of the blue, her birth mother (Bette Midler) suddenly appears and turns out to be a world-class liar.

    The one positive thing in her life is divorced father Colin Firth, with whom she makes an immediate love connection, but then she discovers she's pregnant by Broderick.

    This is one of the best (little known) movies I saw last year.

    ? Michael B. Druxman...more info