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Then She Found Me Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… not as funny as it thinks it is. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A bizarre, overcooked broth that combines a broad sitcom style (the banter goes rat-tat-tat like a steam drill) with a preposterous succession of plot complications, plus solemn questions of identity, adoption and the nature of happiness.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There are some wise observations about parenting. Hunt draws some good performances from the cast and wisely chose a low-key personal story for her directorial debut.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    With subtle laughs but solid emotional thrust, it will play very well with older audiences.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Hunt's movie-directing debut frequently crackles with nice gags.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A strength of Then She Found Me, from Elinor Lipman's novel, is its straightforward, uncomplicated storytelling that keeps the threads untangled and blends the everyday and the absurd with natural ease.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Mature dramedy interesting, but meanders too much.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie dramedy deals with heavy, mature themes, including infidelity, divorce, and infertility. The romantic entanglements are messy, as is the newly discovered mother-daughter relationship between Bernice and April. The sex scenes aren't explicit, but they're quite frank (and there's lots of panting and other noises). The film also candidly captures the ambivalence some people feel about adoption, and the discussions can border on uncomfortably painful. Expect some swearing, social drinking, and some heated verbal exchanges as well.

  • Families can talk about what messages the movie sends about adoption. Why is April at first so against it when she herself is adopted? What changes her mind? Is her relationship with Bernice believable? In general, do you think movies present realistic relationships between adult parents and children? Why or why not? Teens: What do you imagine your relationship with your parents will be like as you get older?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A woman is left by her husband, promptly finds someone else, and is then confused between the two of them. A woman appears claiming to be April's mother, but she seems to have a propensity for lying. Still, the characters -- even the immature husband -- are well-intentioned and appear to hurt others out of confusion rather than malice.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Loud quarrels, sometimes in public venues, but no physical fights.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A married couple furtively has sex soon after the husband says he's leaving; later, they tryst in a car (with the passenger seat still open; he's shown zipping up his pants). There's not much nudity, but lots of panting, etc. Other embraces are depicted as well (mostly making out). A character gets pregnant by one man even though she's dating another.

  • language false3

    Language: Everything from "goddammit" to "f--k" -- not particularly frequent usage, but there's a fair sprinkling.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Book jackets are shown, since one character writes copy for them. Bernice's fictional TV show is mentioned a few times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.