'Then She Found Me' Comes to the Sunrise Monday
The Sunrise will run "Then She Found Me" for a full week beginning Monday, June 23. In addition to starring in, and sharing writing and producing credits, Helen Hunt also directs the comedy-drama, reminding us of the truism, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."
April Epner (Hunt's character) is an almost-40 school teacher in New York City who marries late in life. She loves kids and wants a baby soon, but a quick succession of life-changing events forces her to ignore the ticking of her biological clock while she deals with life as it is, not as she wishes it to be.
Her marriage to man-child, Ben, (Matthew Broderick) ends almost before it begins. Her adoptive mother dies before certain issues are resolved. And her birth mother, Bernice (Bette Midler), appears out of nowhere demanding all the rights of motherhood.
Then, there's April's brother, Freddy (Ben Shenkman), who doesn't understand where her adoption angst comes from and laments, "You don't know what it's like to NOT be adopted." Amidst all of these emotional complications, there's Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of April's students. Though dragging baggage of his own through this rocky terrain, he's there for her in his own way, and a relationship begins.
A New York Times critic said that Hunt stirred "these character types and cliched situations into a palatable stew of genuine human emotions...and she achieves it, mostly through the shaded performances of Mr. Firth and Ms. Midler, as well as her own."
"Then She Found Me" opened to accolades at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature and it was applauded by Variety as, "a smart, subtle and seriously funny 'dramedy' bound to find favor with sophisticated audiences."
The film runs Monday, June 23, through Monday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The film runs 1 hour and 40 minutes and is rated R for some language and sexual content.
The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad Street in Southern Pines. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for matinees, and $5 for children under 12. Movies at the Sunrise are ad-free and a variety of concessions is available.
For more information, call (910) 692-3611 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com.
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