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  • Actors: Ben Shenkman, Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Lynn Cohen
  • Directors: Helen Hunt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fusion Media Sales
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I2AO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Based on Elinor Lipman's best-selling novel and directed by Academy Award ® winner Helen Hunt, Then She Found Me follows one woman's touching and unlikely path to personal fulfillment. After separating from her husband Sam (Matthew Broderick) and the death of her adoptive mother, schoolteacher April Epner (Helen Hunt) manages to find comfort in the arms of divorced single parent Frank (Colin Firth). But things get complicated when Sam can't quite bring himself to let go of their marriage and April's life is turned completely upside down when the unexpected arrival of Bernice Graverman (Bette Midler), a brash and glamorous talk show host who claims to be her birth mother. Even worse, Bernice seems determined to pick up her maternal role where she left off, starting with April s tangled love life...

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Green Knight on 24 May 2010
Format: DVD
Well, that's what the first impression of this film leaves me with: Bette Midler, Helen Hunt, and Colin Firth are actually allowed to look their own ages, and are not made up, botoxed, done up or corseted into movie mode. And they look fabulous.

Is THEN SHE FOUND ME a 'rom-com' ?? No. Has it ever claimed to be one ? I don't think so. Is it a 'chick-flick' ?? Nope. Why are we always so desperate to attach a quick and easy label to something ? Are we so obsessed by the 30-second 'elevator pitch' ? I can decide for myself what kind of film I'm watching - and this one is excellent for its witty and often touching screenplay (I haven't read the original book, and I'm not really likely to, so for me the film can speak for itself) and its sensitive direction of an ensemble cast that is never less than excellent.

The whole film has a lovely ring of truth about it. There are plenty of laughs, plenty of drama, and some tears - it's like life, with a plot that at first glance seems to be far-fetched, but turns out to be completely believable. You can share the dilemmas, feel the frustrations, and enjoy the beautifully observed performances from the whole cast in this bittersweet tale of a mature woman's reunion with her daughter.

Bette Midler shines (as usual) as Helen Hunt's birth-mother. Always a terrific actress, she is one of those institutions that the silver screen would be poorer without. She is in good robust company: Helen Hunt, tall and slightly gawky, as the estranged daughter - eminently watchable, and totally without that element of saccharine that can so often spoil a film like this and reduce it to the ranks of schmaltz - or 'rom-com'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marguerite Turpin on 23 May 2009
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Such a good film-Bette Midler, delightful. Helen Hunt, believable and Colin Firth, lovely as ever. Good Saturday night in movie!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. Ward on 9 Feb. 2009
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I found this film refreshing, as its not like the usual rom-com or chick-flicks of recent times. April (Helen Hunt), the main character, embarks on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the film, as she comes to terms with the rise and fall of her marriage, the death of her mother, the discovery of her biological birth mother, and her desire to experience motherhood for herself.

Characters come in and out of play and each bring something new to the storyline - Frank (Colin Firth) is an emotionally unstable and overfunctioning single father of two, with his own set of problems and his own odd way of dealing with things. The insight into Frank's relationship with his children, and the relationship of April, Frank and the kids is carefully analysed and well written. Sam (Matthew Broderick), April's soon-to-be-ex husband, flits in and out of the scenes, bringing with him a complex set of emotions which are so outlandishly childish you have to wonder where the line between adulthood and childhood are. Bernice (Bette Middler) is overbearing, borderline hysterical and highly strung character who has obviously missed out on April's life, but in her efforts to reconsile this she often confuses good and bad.

All in all, this film seemed to be quite philosophical and psychological in its analysis of relationships between different groups of people; parents with each other, parents with their children, and children with each other, across differing age ranges and stages of emotional progression. It's quite a deep film, not easy to grasp in the first instance and takes a few watches to be appreciated. The plotline moves very quickly, and the understanding of the delicate interrelationships between human beings is paramount to the films enjoyment.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Uren on 22 Sept. 2008
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School teacher April Epner (played by Helen Hunt)is a 39 year old woman who is desperate to have her own child. Her husband has left her (with the words "I don't want this life") and her adoptive Mother passes away. When April meets her 'birth' Mother (Bette Midler)she begins a new emotional journey - through a serious of events - she learns why she was put up for adoption. She also sees her adoptive Mother with new eyes.

April commences a new relationship with a parent at the school (Colin Firth) who has two young daughters. She finds out what it takes to be a parent and the sacrifices that you make and the love that you have to give to another person.

Over the course of the film these relationships teach April what it is to loved as a daughter, part of a family, to be "seen" as a Woman and to understand that a Mother's love for a much wanted child cannot be measured.

Helen Hunt also makes her debut as a Director, co-writer and producer. If this is her "style" then I hope to see many more films made by her. This is was a beautiful film as parenting is quite an emotional subject but there are some quite comical bits in it as well. Look out for April's OBGYN when she goes to the Doctor on two separate occasions. Quite funny moments.
(Colin Firth fans will not be disappointed. If you loved Blake Morrison's "When Did you Last See your Father?" then you will love this film also.)

If you, like April are not yet a parent but are desperate to have a baby then this film may be a bit heavy going.............bring the tissues, a box of maltesers and a good friend shoulder!
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