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Then She Found Me
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09.22.2008 By: Jason Adams
Then She Found Me order
Director:
Helent Hunt

Actors:
Helen Hunt
Bette Midler
Colin Firth

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A newly divorced teacher falls in love with the charming British father of one of her students, only to discover sheís pregnant with her ex-husbandís baby. Thereís also the sudden appearance of her birth mother, a local celebrity who desperately wants to be a part of her new life.

Now thatís a handful of complication ripe for comedy and drama.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There are two women in this world who terrify me. One is Barbara Streisand and the other is Bette Midler. I donít know why exactly. I think I saw BEACHES when I was a kid and just developed a phobia of ďWind Beneath My Wings.Ē Now imagine if you found out you were adopted and that your real birth mother was the head witch from HOCUS POCUS. Yikes.

Despite the premise, THEN SHE FOUND ME is not a horror movie. In fact itís a better-than-average comedy-drama from the likes of Oscar-winner Helen Hunt. Though Hunt has been laying relatively low since getting the gold for AS GOOD AS IT GETS, she comes back strong here, co-writing, directing and starring in this humorous, touching tale. Honestly I wasnít expecting much of anything here, but found myself enjoying the story, the fairly realistic characters and the filmís sense of humor. The quick pace also helped, with the film moving surprisingly quick. There were many a moment where things couldíve gotten bogged down with melodrama and self-reflection, but Hunt manages to keep the tone both poignant and lighthearted.

As an actress she did a fine job carrying the movie, but itís often stolen by Colin Firth who is very funny and appealing as Charming British Guy. The two have a great chemistry together. Matthew Broderick has a smaller role as the man-child ex-husband, but itís nice to see Ferris Bueller as something other than Mr. Jessica Parker. And having Bette Midler playing a brash, annoying woman on purpose? Smart move, Hunt.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Helen Hunt: Hunt is easy to listen to and as a first time filmmaker, she admits she listened to a lot of commentaries before making THEN SHE FOUND ME. So a lot of the track focuses on offering some of her own advice to fledgling directors.

Featurette (11:40): Thereís a ridiculous level of praise for Helen Hunt here, to the point of annoyance. She did a fine job with her many hats, but I think at one point someone actually says they canít believe a human being could be so perfect.

Interviews (14:56): The cast gets questioned.

Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Dramedies about divorce, biological clocks and Bette Midler are not typically my cup of tea, but THEN SHE FOUND ME managed to hold my interest with a solid story, acting and laughs.

Extra Tidbit: Hunt spent ten years trying to get this movie made. She also bears a striking resemblance to Skeletor now.
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