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Helen falls for Colin's charms; THEN SHE FOUND ME VERDICT: *****.


IT'S BEEN ten long years since Helen Hunt won an Oscar for starring opposite Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets.

She hasn't done much of real note since - Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey was a particular flop - so motherhood was a welcome chance to provide some real-life enrichment.

Now she's back debut directing herself in a romantic comedy which, almost inevitably, stars one Colin Firth (Bridget Jones).

And, just like Hunt, Bette Midler is also on something of a comeback trail as talk show host Bernice.

The story is based on Elinor Lipman's novel about a woman's journey of self-discovery and the search for her biological mother.

Hunt plays April Epner, a late thirty something teacher whose dream of starting a family is seemingly ended when husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) jumps her maternal ship.

As the divorced father of one her students, Frank (Colin Firth) advises April to stay calm - only for her adoptive mother to add to her state of flux by passing away.

Thus April begins a search for her real mother (and father) in a bid to find her own place in the world.

But will the questions she has been asking throughout her life provide her with the answers that she wants?

Then She Found Me is a sincere film about emotional heartbreak but at least, unlike The Wave, you know there'll be an upside with some humour, too.

Showing at Cineworld Broad Street and Erdington Showcase, the running time is 100 minutes.



EMOTIONAL... Colin Firth, Helen Hunt and (below) Bette Midler in Then She Found Me.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 19, 2008
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