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Then She Found Me

An elementary school teacher (Helen Hunt) is ditched by her husband (Matthew Broderick) after only months of marriage and faces the prospect of turning 40 without children; this emotional crisis is heightened by the sudden appearance of her birth mother (Bette Midler), who gave her up for adoption years earlier and is now the expansive host of a morning TV talk show. This adaptation of an Elinor Lipman novel is Hunt's feature directing debut, and under the circumstances she might have been wiser to give the lead role to someone else. Her crabby performance weighs on the film, though it's nothing compared to Colin Firth's scenery-chewing turn as her self-lacerating new beau. R, 100 min.

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