The centerpiece of the movie is Helen Hunt’s April. Hunt makes you feel April’s pain and desperation. Colin Firth also does an admirable job as Frank. Not many actors could play someone who is believable as a good father and a rage-aholic at the same time. Matthew Broderick’s Ben seems largely blank, but that may be the point. Bette Midler is basically playing the same character she always plays. Bernice is the tough, kooky character that you are unsure if she has your best interests or hers in mind. Midler’s Bernice is immensely unlikable at times, and April’s savior at others.
Helen Hunt the director did alright, but not great. As already mentioned, she ably directed herself and Colin Firth, if not the other actors. She does not do anything flashy with the camera, but the scenes are presented perfectly fine. The screenplay could have used some more polish. At the beginning of the movie, all the different plots seem shoe-horned together, not organically related to April. The movie’s narrative gets a bit chaotic and the audience is unsure of where the story is going.
The choice of soundtrack is terrible. The gentle acoustic soundtrack is ham-fisted, telegraphing all the emotions of the characters instead of simply enhancing them.
Then She Found Me is a fine showcase of Helen Hunt’s acting and may be the first step in her career as a director. It is not however, a classic drama or romantic comedy. It is a decent to below average one.