First, the good. Helen Hunt co-wrote the screenplay. She also directed, produced and starred in this movie based on the novel by Elinor Lipman. I admire her for taking so much on.
(Spoiler Alert: Read at Your Own Risk!)
The bad.I couldn't finish it. Helen Hunt's character April Epner BADLY wants to have a kid. As the movie opens, you can see the strain on everyone, especially her husband, Ben (Matthew Broderick), who ends up leaving her very soon to pursue a different life. Upon the heels of that incident, her adoptive mother who keeps encouraging her to adopt, dies. Then, her birth mother (Bette Midler)pops into her life wanting a relationship. This movie takes on too much too quickly with emotional detachment. In the midst of all this traumatic chaos, teacher April meets the eccentric writer father (Colin Firth) of one of her students and he hits on her in an odd manner. Soon, after this, I turned it off. I couldn't stand it. It was wasn't for me. Helen Hunt was never a favorite. I remember enjoying Mad About You, but in this, her character is annoying, whiney and needs to gain weight. I can't endorse this yawn fest.
Director: Helen Hunt
Run time: 100 minutes