Then She Found Me (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
THINKFilm || R - 100 minutes - $35.98 || September 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Helen Hunt
Writer(s): Elinor Lipman (novel); Alice Arlen and Victor Levin and Helen Hunt (screenplay)
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth, Helen Hunt, Bette Midler


Theatrical Release Date: May 2, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Cast Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

April (Helen Hunt) is a 39Ĺ-year-old woman who recently found out her husband (Matthew Broderick) of many years cheated on her and has subsequently left her. The next day her adopted mother dies and a divorced father (Colin Firth) at work with two children takes interest in her. As she starts to date this new guy her biological mother (Bette Midler) shows up out of the blue to try and get back into her life with a series of lies formulated to make herself look good. April now has to juggle her soon to be ex husband, new boyfriend who she loves, a new mother, and the surprise pregnancy she got herself into.

Considering Helen Hunt is the director of the film, itís a bit of a shock to see her character April look so old and unattractive. She mentions during the commentary this was on purpose, and rightfully so. April is someone who barely sleeps, is going through a divorce, lost her adopted mother, and is going through just a bad state of depression. While its normal to see her look so old and disheveled, she is only 39 (or so she says in the film...this may have been a joke like most women say) and shouldn't look as bad as she does.

The one thing Helen Hunt made sure you noticed was her nipples in nearly every shot. Not one scene goes by that they are not hanging out for the world to see... whatís up with that? Her character dresses rather conservatively in drab, boring clothes so it seems a bit odd for her to let something like that slip. None the less, expect to see them throughout the movie either poking out through her shirt, or having the character stare at them in the movie.

Acting is pretty good in the film. As I mentioned above, Helen does a great job of making her character look old and tired while her biological mother (Bette Midler) looks better than her! Matthew Broderick in the film reminded me too much of his character from Election while Colin Firth does any amazing job playing a father that has to take care of his two children after his wife left him.

I'm a bit torn on the film. While I didn't find the movie to be bad, it just wasn't all that interesting. April tends to change her mind so often I found myself not caring what her ultimate choice was between her husband/boyfriend, natural birth/adoption or if she wants to have her biological mother in her life. Back and forth, back and forth is the best way to describe this film and for us viewers we just want to see her make the choice and be done with it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Helen Hunt - A very good commentary with Helen where she discusses her taking the Director tole in the film while balancing also being the main character in the film.

Cast Interviews and Behind the Scenes Footage (~15 Minutes; SD) - This is split into four sections with onset interviews with Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick. Each participant is given only a few minutes to speak (Hunt getting the bulk of time) and nothing said here is all that interesting.

Also includes is a theatrical trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Then She Found Me is presented in 1.78:1 on a 25GB Disc. Overall a very dull presentation that resembles an unconverted DVD at best. Colors are very washed out and blacks are non-existent. Nothing about the film screams High-Def and its odd to even see this film get released in Blu-ray.

Image has included an English DTS MA (as well as a basic Dolby Digital 5.1 track) for this release. The film is almost 100% dialog driven, so even though it's nice to see some of the small studios using lossless alternatives, for this film it was not needed at all. For the most part I was happy with this very basic presentation, but dialog did get a bit muffled at times and tends to fluctuate in volume.



.::OVERALL::.

The She Found Me would make an excellent rental... but I couldn't recommend a purchase on it - even at the low price being offered on most websites. Itís not a bad film, itís just not something I could see myself watching again. Picture and Audio quality is not bad for this type of film, but still nothing great.