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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 »

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$3,735,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,433,048
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film writing, directing, and producing debut for Helen Hunt. See more »

Goofs

Frank tells April that she could not have been conceived by Steve McQueen as he spent May to October 1966 filming "The Sand Pebbles" along the Yangtze. However, Americans were effectively barred from mainland China at the time. "The Sand Pebbles" was filmed in Taiwan and Hong Kong. See more »

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April Epner: There is a Jewish story, an ordinary Jewish joke. A father was teaching his little son to be less afraid, to have more courage. "Jump," he said, "and I'll catch you." And the little boy trusted him, and the little boy jumped. And when his father caught him, he felt filled with love. And when he didn't, he was filled with something else, something... more: life. Amen.
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References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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I'll Say I'm Sorry Now
Written by Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal
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Bonding: Necessities and Consequences
4 September 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

In a featurette on the DVD release version of THEN SHE FOUND ME writer (with Alice Arlen and Victor Levin) /producer/director Helen Hunt shares a ten year journey to have a film made of a novel by Elinor Lipman. Her cast shares in the very sentimental story of Hunt's devotion and seemingly endless charisma and abilities. The explanation for making this budget film are in many ways more successful than the film, a work the cast seems determined to classify as a comedy but a work that is far more a human drama.

April Epner (Helen Hunt) is married to fellow schoolteacher Ben Green (Matthew Broderick) and longs to have a baby before her advancing age prevents her dream. April was adopted as an infant by a Jewish couple who subsequently gave birth to April's brother Freddy (Ben Shenkman): April has always longed to have been Freddy's biological equal, wondering what it would feel like NOT to be adopted. April's busy life implodes: Ben has decided he doesn't like his life and leaves April, April's mother dies, April meets Frank (Colin Firth) a recently divorced writer and father of two children, and April is contacted by a man who can put April in touch with her birth mother - popular TV talk show hostess Bernice Graves (Bette Midler). And if these turns of events weren't traumatic enough, April discovers that she has become pregnant by Ben and Ben is unsure whether he can handle the restructuring of his life to accommodate April. Cautiously April and Frank begin a rather tenuous courtship which is almost immediately threatened by April's discovery of her pregnant state. April and Bernice meet, exchange backgrounds, and make pacts to test their biologic relationship. How each of these characters makes promises that eventually damage each other and then resolve in unexpected ways becomes a study of the meaning of love and compassion among fragile human beings.

While not a satisfying story on every level and a film too cluttered with inconvenient editing choices, the cast is strong and obviously committed, and the story (neither a comedy or a drama but a mixture of the two) tests credibility. But there are some fine moments and the lessons in human behavior are worth examining. Not a great movie but a strong little small budget film. Grady Harp


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