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Then She Found Me

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature dramedy interesting, but meanders too much.

Movie R 2008 100 minutes
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While it's nice to see a film that isn't afraid to be complicated, THEN SHE FOUND ME's script could use tightening. There are so many turns that the storyline loses its focus. It's shifty like April's ex and shapeless like her dresses. (Must she look so dowdy?) April's relationship with Bernice, which could have been mined more deeply for drama, unnecessarily loses its interest along the way. Considering that the movie's title refers directly to that link and discovery, the film squanders that potential.

That Hunt is talented isn't up for argument. She co-wrote the script and directed the film (adapted from the novel by Elinor Lipman), and stars in it, too. Here, she displays the type of subtle, finely tuned performance for which she's garnered awards in the past. She's great with transitions between drama and comedy, and she knows how to make the most of a moment while exuding the gravity her character deserves. Still, April feels too deeply melancholic; it's hard to believe that someone in such a heavy funk could love so readily and so soon. Then again, the object of her affection is Firth, who plays Frank charmingly and with admirable naked emotion. He's as good as he gets.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 2, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: September 2, 2008
  • Cast: Colin Firth , Helen Hunt , Matthew Broderick
  • Director: Helen Hunt
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors
  • Studio: THINKFilm
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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