Then She Found Me

Then She Found Me

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Overview

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Elinor Lipman's best-selling novel about a Philadelphia schoolteacher (Hunt) whose long-lost birth mother (Bette Midler) reappears at the very moment her daughter is careening into a midlife crisis. Abandoned by her husband (Matthew Broderick) and still grieving the death of her adoptive mother, the emotionally fragile teacher enters into a relationship with the father of one of her students just as her biological mother, an eccentric talk-show host, appears on her doorstep attempting a reconciliation.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2008
UPC: 0014381494723
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Director's commentary with Helen Hunt; Cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Hunt April Epner
Bette Midler Bernice Graves
Colin Firth Frank Harte
Matthew Broderick Benjamin 'Ben' Green
Ben Shenkman Dr. Freddy Epner
Lynn Cohen Trudy Epner
John Benjamin Hickey Alan
Salman Rushdie Dr. Masani
Daisy Tahan Ruby
Tommy Nelson Jimmy Ray
Stephanie Yankwitt Stacey
Maggie Siff Lily
Lillias White Sheila
Davide Callegati Gianni
Robert LuPone Ted

Technical Credits
Helen Hunt Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alice Arlen Screenwriter
Sarah Arnott Associate Producer
Stephen Beatrice Production Designer
Howard Behar Executive Producer
Moon Blauner Associate Producer
Will Cantler Casting
Peter Donahue Cinematographer
Jeff Geoffray Executive Producer
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Ken Ishii Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Josten Executive Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Pamela Koffler Producer
Victor Levin Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Mansfield Score Composer
Matthew Myers Co-producer
Katie Roumel Producer
Chip Signore Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Connie Tavel Producer
Bernie Telsey Casting
Dale Vaccari Casting
Christine Vachon Producer
John Wells Executive Producer
Pam Wise Editor
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Then She Found Me
1. Opening Sequence [5:09]
2. I Don't Want This [8:25]
3. Someone From Your Past [11:11]
4. Your Father [8:11]
5. Never Happier [4:26]
6. Hi There [5:25]
7. I'm Begging You [7:24]
8. A Wonderful Time [7:39]
9. Are You Pregnant? [5:29]
10. Like Family [7:36]
11. In Trouble [6:44]
12. Help With This [4:56]
13. Supper [7:24]
14. A Prayer [3:42]
15. Where's Your Dad [1:51]
16. End Credits [4:39]

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Then She Found Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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