A: A 39-year-old woman (Helen Hunt) struggling to have a baby is suddenly left by her immature husband (Matthew Broderick), and that's when her birth-mother (Bette Midler), the woman who gave her up for adoption, decides to show up in her life.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Ben Shenkman, John Benjamin Hickey, Lynn Cohen, Salman Rushdie, Daisy Tahan, Tommy Nelson
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Proceed with Caution. This dramedy is worth attending because the concept of a grown woman meeting her mom hasn't been explored much in film, and it is explored fairly thoroughly here. My only warning is that there are a few moments in the story, dialogue and directing that feel false, and while you will walk out of the movie feeling satisfied, you won't feel moved.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: Yes, but only as much as a "dramedy" can.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: No, and that might be the problem.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: Best Child-Actor Casting. Daisy Tahan, the little girl who plays Colin Firth's daughter, not only looks like him, but also completely makes you forget that she's saying scripted lines and they are not actually related.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: I finally get Colin Firth! I never understood what Bridget Jones saw in him, but in this movie he is funny and charming and real. Just a perfect man from beginning to end.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Helen Hunt's only previous experience directing was on her own sitcom, and I'm afraid it shows. There were several times when I wanted to get inside a scene, and look into the actors' eyes, as they looked into each other's eyes, but unfortunately, she didn't take me there, so I'll just have to imagine what it was like for them.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: The story and all its intertwined story lines are original. The characters are fresh, real, and complex, and the ending is satisfying. But (because there's always a but), the banter sometimes feels forced. With actors of this caliber, the forced feeling is most likely not due to bad acting, so I have to blame the script.
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