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Then She Found Me (2007)

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39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Director:

Helen Hunt

Writers:

Alice Arlen (screenplay), Victor Levin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hunt ... April Epner
Bette Midler ... Bernice Graves
Colin Firth ... Frank
Matthew Broderick ... Ben
Ben Shenkman ... Freddy
Lynn Cohen ... Trudy Epner
John Benjamin Hickey ... Alan
Salman Rushdie ... Dr. Masani
Daisy Tahan ... Ruby
Tommy Nelson ... Jimmy Ray
Stephanie Yankwitt Stephanie Yankwitt ... Stacey
Lillias White ... Sheila (as Lillias D. White)
David Callegati ... Gianni
Kenneth Stern Kenneth Stern ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Kenneth A. Stern)
Robert LuPone ... Ted
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39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is very vocal about her disappointment, while her natural son Freddy, a doctor, is most understanding. Shy but fascinating British author Frank meets April, his doted son Jimmy Ray's teacher, which soon leads to a full-flung affair. At the same time April's birth mother Bernice Graves locates her and begins attempting to establish a relationship. On top of all these balls in the air, April discovers she's finally expecting Ben's baby. Written by KGF Vissers

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Life can change in a heartbeat. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando todo cambia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,594, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,735,303, 14 September 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The doctor who does April's Ultrasound scans is played by the English author Salman Rushdie. He is famous for having a fatwa against him by Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. See more »

Goofs

When April picks up Frank in her car outside his house, both the driver side and passenger side windows are up. But every time the camera is behind either of their heads while they're talking in the car, you can see their hair blowing from the wind coming through the open car window where the camera is mounted. See more »

Quotes

Frank: The walk didn't work. You're mother's here.
April Epner: No she's not, I told her to wait in the car.
[Frank drags her around the corner]
Bernice Graves: I'm just here if either of you need me.
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Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.11 in A Major K.331: I. Theme & Variations
(uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Vladimir Selivokhin
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And Then What?
4 May 2008 | by moutonbear25See all my reviews

We've all had our share of bad weeks and I've heard numerous times before that when it rains it pours but yet that still doesn't seem to account for what happened to April Epner (Helen Hunt). A mere ten months into her marriage to Ben (Matthew Broderick), he decides he made a huge mistake. The next day, she goes to work, a school where she and Ben both taught to primary students, to find that he never showed up and is nowhere to be found. Within the week that follows, her adopted mother (Lynn Cohen) dies and her birth mother (Bette Midler) makes contact with her for the first time. It's no wonder the bags under April's eyes are so heavy.

Hunt's directorial debut, THEN SHE FOUND ME, begins so tragically but attempts then to lighten the mood with awkward comedy and untimely romance. The combination is a bizarre contradiction that just falls flat. It doesn't feel right to laugh just yet as there hasn't been time to mourn but we don't want to mourn either as we only just met these folks. We don't know how to feel or where to go and neither does the direction of the film. When the dust from April's disastrous week finally begins to settle, the film finally begins to breathe normally again and finds a particular charm in its decidedly neurotic voice. Still, it is more unsettling than it is satisfying.

While Hunt may be overly sentimental as a director, she finds a certain harshness in her acting style that becomes the film's most unifying source. As put upon as she is at this juncture in her life, she manages to juggle everything reasonably well by balancing between protecting herself, demanding what she deserves and allowing her defenses down at just the right moments and only to those who deserve entry. The woman deserves happiness, be that in the form of a new love with troubled suitor, Frank (Colin Firth), or by realizing her longtime desire to have a child, but her life only gets continuously more complicated, sometimes by her own doing. I would ordinarily want to hug someone in April's position but mostly I just wanted to shake her.

What ultimately undermines THEN SHE FOUND ME is its own air of self-loathing. Hunt spends so much time trying to incite sympathy for April by dumping so many hard realities on to her at once but then punishes her when all she has done is try to keep her head above water. It's hard to feel love for a face on the screen when the woman who put her there hasn't made up her mind herself.


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