Los Angeles Times - 04/25/2008
"[U]nexpectedly sharp, light and appealing, a testament to Hunt's skills behind the camera."
New York Times - 04/25/2008
"The movie is unusually sensitive to the anxieties around adoption....Ms. Hunt takes every opportunity to avoid easy comic schtick and cutesy-poo sentimentality in an effort to make her characters act and sound like real people."
Box Office - 05/01/2008
"What is especially impressive is how Hunt consistently creates dry, deadpan hilarity from the messy stuff of real life....Clearly committed to the material, Hunt extracts exquisitely subtle performances from her accomplished cast..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/01/2008
"The characters are given enough space to demonstrate that they have at least two and a half dimensions....Hunt's performance is terrific..." -- Grade: B
USA Today - 05/09/2009
"[T]here are some emotional insights in the mother-daughter relationship at the heart of the film....Hunt draws some good performances from the cast and wisely chose a low-key personal story for her directorial debut."
Empire - 10/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is a decidedly mature comedy drama, with Hunt on form both as director and star."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2008
"Hunt and her co-writers have created a bittersweet comedy which treads similar ground to SIDEWAYS or AS GOOD AS IT GETS, but which offers a fresh feminised perspective on mid-life melancholia."
The move from actor to director can be a difficult one, but actress Helen Hunt makes the transition seem effortless with THEN SHE FOUND ME. Hunt, who also produced and cowrote the film, plays April Epner, a down-on-her-luck schoolteacher who longs to have a child. April's chances of bringing a baby into the world are diminished when her husband, Ben (Matthew Broderick), leaves her, and more bad news follows when her adoptive mother dies. The beleaguered April subsequently forms an unexpected bond with her real mother, the overbearing TV host Bernice (Bette Midler), and takes tentative steps towards motherhood with a new man in her life, the bumbling Frank (Colin Firth).
Hunt's film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Elinor Lipman, is likely to win over fans of classic rom-coms such as WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and YOU'VE GOT MAIL. At its heart the film poses some thoughtful observations on what a late-30s woman goes through when she is facing a possibly childless future. But Hunt also stirs some generous scoops of humor into the plot, providing light relief from her central character's plight, and also demonstrating her range as a writer/director. The cast members are uniformly excellent throughout, with Firth and Hunt giving strong performances that are helped along by a supporting cast that provides most of the comic relief. Hunt even finds time to provide a small role for the writer Salman Rushdie, who plays a doctor.
Description by Image Entertainment:
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), until she finds her life opening up in ways she had never imagined.
Based On A Novel |
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