They say tragedies happen in threes. Schoolteacher April Epner (Helen Hunt) learns this the hard way. First, nine months after their nuptials, her boy-man husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) decides this isn't the life he wants. Then, the day after he drops this bomb, April's adoptive mother passes away suddenly. Later that week, April's birth mother finds her—which might not seem like a tragedy until you get a load of Bernice Graves (Bette Midler), a lying, loud-mouthed local talk show host. Okay, maybe tragedy's a strong word, but still … It's the mother of all stressful weeks.

Complicating matters is 39-year-old April's deep longing to become a mom. Despite her adoptive mother's promptings before her death, April doesn't want to adopt. She wants a baby from her own womb, and the person who could help her fill that womb just walked out of her life.

With familiar supports gone, April turns to new people in this time of tragedy. There's Frank (Colin Firth), the hunky but jaded single dad of one of her grade school students. Their romance is both hungry and hesitant, quick and complicated by the presence of his two young children. But Frank is a needed big strong man, especially compared with Ben, the wishy-washy guy who left April and is now living with his mom.

And though Bernice is bumbling, she's certainly enthusiastic in her attempts to be April's second mom. After watching a loved one choose to leave, there's definite appeal in someone who very much wants to be in April's life. And though she's boisterous, Bernice is a strong personality to lean on when April's so unsure of herself.

April also turns to God via her strong Jewish faith, continuing rituals and traditions even in her adoptive mother's hospital room ...

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Then She Found Me
Our Rating
3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
R (for language and some sexual content)
Directed By
Helen Hunt
Run Time
1 hour 40 minutes
Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler
Theatre Release
May 09, 2008 by THINKFilm
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