39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ...
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39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is very vocal about her disappointment, while her natural son Freddy, a doctor, is most understanding. Shy but fascinating British author Frank meets April, his doted son Jimmy Ray's teacher, which soon leads to a full-flung affair. At the same time April's birth mother Bernice Graves locates her and begins attempting to establish a relationship. On top of all these balls in the air, April discovers she's finally expecting Ben's baby.Written by
Reunited real-life exes Helen Hunt and Matthew Broderick, who dated 20 years earlier when making the movie Project X. See more »
The passenger side shoulder belt in April's car is present for Bernice's scene and missing for Frank's. See more »
There is a Jewish story, an ordinary Jewish joke. A father was teaching his little son to be less afraid, to have more courage. "Jump," he said, "and I'll catch you." And the little boy trusted him, and the little boy jumped. And when his father caught him, he felt filled with love. And when he didn't, he was filled with something else, something... more: life. Amen.
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I want to praise Helen Hunt for directing this unpretentious character study of people with real problems at a time when big budget super hero movies with all plot and no character development are the mainstream.
Unfortunately, I felt that Bette Midler and Helen Hunt were acting in 2 separate films as the mother and daughter. Midler seemed to be acting in a big budget over-the-top romantic comedy while Hunt was understated and subtle as a complicated lady in a small movie that was a fine character study. The 2 ladies didn't seem to be on the same planet.
Also I felt that the performances were stilted at times and there were too many scenes involving over-acting. An example was the fine actor Colin Firth yelling and cussing toward the end of the film after having been so contained the rest of the film.
I do want to again compliment Helen Hunt for this sincere and intelligent film but feel that it was quite uneven at times. I will give her an A grade for effort and sincerity but a C+ grade for the script and performances.
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