Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Then She Found Me

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Then She Found Me

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THEN SHE FOUND ME

(THINKFilm, 2008)

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Are we born into families, or do we fashion them by forging bonds with strangers? At the start of Helen Hunt's heart-wrenching and endearing comedy about abandonment and adoption, April Epner (Hunt) is a recently wed 39-year-old kindergarten teacher desperate to have a child. But this dream and April are shattered by the sudden betrayal and departure of her childish husband Ben (Matthew Broderick), leaving her devastated, alone, and barren.

Then, with blinding speed, April suffers the death of her mother Trudy (Lynn Cohen), discovers Trudy was not her biological mother, and must deal with the invasion of local talk show celebrity Bernice Graves (Bette Midler), who claims to be her real morn. Meanwhile, Frank Harte (Colin Firth), the erratic, attractive, and equally wounded father of one of April's students, has started courting her like a manic depressive, lovesick puppy.

All of this is too much for April. …

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