Helen Hunt’s New Film
“Nearing 40, April Epner (Hunt), a schoolteacher in New York who was adopted at birth, wants to have a baby of her own”
With that sentence in mind, I’m not incredibly optimistic about this film. It could be well done, but more often than not I think we can all agree that most films discussing adoption tend to leave a bad taste in your mouth…Well, if Helen Hunt can pull this off-props, but if not, we may have to rant a bit about it! 🙂 Happy Reading and Watching. GS
Helen Hunt discusses directing her first film
By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Writer
Article Launched: 03/12/2008 01:24:06 PM PDT
AUSTIN, Texas—Helen Hunt is an Oscar winner (for “As Good As It Gets”) and a four-time Emmy winner (for “Mad About You”). Now she has a new title to add to her esteemed collection: filmmaker.
Hunt directed her first feature, “Then She Found Me,” which played at the South by Southwest film festival ahead of its April 25 theatrical release. She also co-wrote and stars in the romantic comedy as a New York schoolteacher whose adoptive mother dies just as her birth mother (Bette Midler) shows up out of nowhere. At the same time, her husband (Matthew Broderick) leaves her as she falls for the father (Colin Firth) of one of her students.
Nearing 40, April Epner (Hunt), a schoolteacher in New York who was adopted at birth, wants to have a baby of her own – a desire made that much stronger by the fact that she never knew her biological mother. A snag in her plans presents itself when her sweet but immature husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) announces one night that their marriage was a mistake, leaving April devastated and bewildered. With her life in disarray, one more surprising bolt is thrown April’s way in the form of Bernice (Bette Midler), an eccentric local talk show host, who declares herself to be April’s birth mother. Despite the influence of her newfound mother and a relationship with Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of her students, April’s once simple life begins to spiral out of control.
Based on the eponymous first novel by writer Elinor Lipman, the film tells the funny and moving story of one woman’s very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment.