This movie, in spite of Helen Hunt in the lead part (sorry, Helen), delivers a lovely story, very human, very shot through with vulnerability in the face of reality.
Helen delivers one of the most tender performances in her career (not that I am familiar with all of her work; but from what I've seen, she kind of comes across as a tough little cookie in a stunted sorta way, right?)... yet, I really liked her in this movie. I tend to watch movies that I really like over and over, and "Then She Found Me" is one of them. And no, she doesn't abandon that toughness - that essence that Jack Nickelson captures in "As Good as It Gets": she says what she means, means what she says; something tells me HH is worth knowing: I do believe this is one of HH's strengths (as uncomfortable as it sometimes makes ME feel).
The profound Jewish tale narrated in the beginning (rather shocking, and to me, mysteriously cruel), then fleshed out at the end (thank God) is one of this movie's attractions to me.
I also find the outlandish behavior by its characters not unrealistic. Life is so full of surprises - what happens to us, what we can't anticipate, what we can't control. This movie delivers in so many ways that endears me, truly inciting empathy with the various characters.
We humans rationalize or distort many of our decisions so they're less burdensome to carry... Bette Midler's character is outrageous in one degree, yet understandable in another. She's lived her life with a past that she can't quite own, preferring to transform it into the story she tells _____ - and most likely herself. Yet she hangs strong and determined when she's exposed; her desire to serve is greater than her desire to deceive herself......... of course there's a "selfish" motive in this - but it's the selfishness born of empty living... something greater.
Colin Firth is phenomenal... can this man fail in any role? And it's kind of nice, too, that there seems to be a real chemistry between him and _____.
Unless you're under 20, I think you'll find this movie rather rich and intriguing.
Helen, you did a great job acting and directing. Thank you.