Monday, May 19, 2008

Then She Found Me

Love it! Here's the synopsis on IMBD:

A New York schoolteacher hits a midlife crisis when, in quick succession, her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies and her real one, an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down as she begins a courtship with the father of one of her students.
The school teacher is played by Helen Hunt (who also directed the fim); Bette Midler is her biological mother; Matthew Broderick is the leaving husband; and Colin Firth is the love interest.

It's a very good movie with hilarious bits that aren't the typical funnies. And the heart-breaking moments (yes, I cried) were messy and honest--not well thought out speeches that no one gives in the most intense moments of their lives. I love that none of the characters are perfect.

As for the rhythm of the movie, it's odd and confusing, like the story. Reactions are not timed in expected ways. Sometimes they're smooth, sometimes their stilted and awkward. A few reviewers have criticized Hellen Hunt for this, but I found it very appealing.

It's a great film.


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