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Then She Found Me

Domestic woes fail to ignite or entertain in this dramedy from Helen Hunt

Thirty-nine-and-a-half-year-old April (Helen Hunt) suffers from simultaneous domestic crises -- her mother's death, a ticking biological clock, a divorce and the sudden reappearance of her birth mother Bernice (Bette Midler), a high-energy TV talk-show hostess. Adapting Elinor Lipman's 1990 novel, Hunt also makes her directing debut here. But everything about this film felt dated -- from its underlying drama of Must Have Baby to its self-congratulatory tone about families as you find 'em, to -- and I hate to say this -- Hunt herself, who looks haggard and lifeless. This film is a hodgepodge of likable, irritating and underdeveloped characters bumping into to one another and not creating any sparks. Midler, an old pro, brings some light, but her character is like a caricature from a different, and funnier, film. Matthew Broderick is a cipher as April's ex; Colin Firth is a tasty, if unlikely new prospect; and why is Salman Rushdie cast as an OB/GYN? In all, this is a lightweight, poorly developed package offering little in the way of laughs, fresh observations on the human comedy or even some guilty-pleasure melodrama. Starts Fri., May 16. Manor, SouthSide Works (AH) [capsule review]

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