Written May 17, 2008
This was a surprisingly good movie once Colin Firth stepped onto the scene. It was nice to see him actually have more than a couple scenes in which he actually gets to act, show vulnerability and engage in some very steamy love scenes - as well as loving family dad scenes. Worth the price of admission just to see that . . . However, I must add that Helen Hunt's directing debut was absolutely right on!
Sorry - I cannot say the same for her acting in this role - it really seems she was miscast as well as Mathew Broderick. No excuses - can't save money making a movie by throwing the baby out with the bath water. Luckily - Colin Firth, as well as Bette Midler, created enough magic to make this movie really entertaining! They delivered rock-sold acting - Bravo! I really enjoyed it!
Written April 24, 2008
I saw this movie as a sneak preview and had free tickets. I went even though I figured it for an embarrassing chickflick... but instead found it had genuine backbone, a sense of subtlety, and characters that emerged beyond themselves and their roles. Even Bette Midler's character, who seemed over-the-top hammy at first, deepened. The movie's accurate depiction of adult sexuality (break-up sex, abortive premature-ejaculation sex, infantile romantic moves on the part of grown humans) was a relief, to me. The depiction of genuine anger from the romantic lead, and the depiction of an adult approach to reconciliation, was also just... astonishing.
It's not a perfect movie. As others have said, Helen Hunt's aged physical depiction was frankly distracting, and Bette Midler wasn't amazing... but people who are looking for honesty in film will, like me, I think, be pleased and surprised. I laughed, I got choked up, and, after, I felt like I understood life a little better.
Written April 16, 2008
An excellent first directing effort by Helen Hunt and how lucky to have such great talent to work with, including herself.
Just wished that she had an advisor looking over her shoulder at the dailies to see how disturbingly haggard she looked. Size 0 doesn't quite work for a 40 year old women on a 40 foot screen.
Also, it was not a do***entary or a reality show, and it was part of her duty as a director is to light her lead as an award winning, beloved actress is expected to look, playing the part of a teacher.
It makes you understand the ageism problem for women in Hollywood. We don't age as well as the men and it becomes distracting to the story when either bad cosmetic surgery or in this case, poor make up, hair and lighting makes us think more about the way an actress looks than the story.
So directors, actors, and plastic surgeons, take note and please allow your middle aged actors to show their age as gracefully as possible so we can fully enjoy the film.
Written April 16, 2008
Really enjoyed the movie. Helen Hunt was very good. Thought Bette Midler was fun, but not that believable as the birth mother. What I really liked, is the pacing of the film, and the quirky moments. The relationship with Helen's character and her British boyfriend with the small children moves way too rapidly. There were some cliches that bothered me, yet on the whole was a fun film with some really neat moments.
Written April 17, 2008
Great movie and wonderful ensemble cast...Midler is her amazing...funny...can't take your eyes off her self. Kudos to Helen Hunt for both acting in and directing this entertaining, touching and humorous movie. Will definately be recommending this movie to my friends...must go see it!!!