Thursday, October 18, 2012

Then She Found Me (2007) [R] ***

April (Helen Hunt) is almost forty, and a primary school teacher. She would love to have a child, but so far she and her husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) haven't been successful in getting her pregnant. Her elderly mother suggests adoption, but April, who was an adopted child herself, wants her own baby. Then Ben confesses to her, like an immature juvenile, that this isn't the life he wanted; he exits, moving back in with his mother. A day later April's mother passes away, and only days after that, Frank (Colin Firth), a single parent of two young children, one of whom is a student of April's, confesses his attraction to her. And if that weren't enough, April receives a message from her birth mother Bernice (Bette Midler), that she wants a relationship with April. April and Frank's relationship begins to blossom, and then Ben reappears in her life.

None of these people are ideal; they're not people we would choose to know. They're all damaged in some way, carrying emotional baggage, telling lies, betraying a trust, pretending to be something that they are not. But, like all of us, they're desperately searching for the human connection that gives meaning to their lives - that makes living worthwhile. And for April, Frank and Bernice the story does have a warm, comforting, life-affirming ending. Hunt, Firth and Midler shine in their roles, and while there's little memorable dialog, the characters are very real. If you like low-key, conversation-laden, character-driven, comedy-dramas, films like As Good as It Gets, Smart People or The Upside of Anger, you will probably enjoy this film. 

Labels: comedy, drama, romance

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 56/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=55, viewers=62)

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