Director: Helen Hunt Runtime: 100 minutes Links: IMDB By John Dacapias Helen Hunt, who is 45 in real life, but plays 39 as she keeps reminding the cast, was very courageous in having the camera being at arm’s length throughout the film.  With laugh lines and crow’s feet to spare, she still looks as amazing as an ordinary woman can look (note: I did not say a Hollywood actress, with the over inflated lips and other body parts). Colin Firth, as the main love interest, a single father whose son is a student of Helen’s schoolteacher character, was used surprisingly well (through he fulfills the role generally used in a lot of rom coms). Not too lovable, a bit prickly but clever all the same, like the movie. Bette Midler, as Helen Hunt’s biological mother, I thought would push everyone else in the cast around but was used once again effectively. Brash but overtly so, as the Barbara Walters of midtown New York. The whole film, at least the dialogue sequences, seemed loose and conversational, as if at one point, the director Helen Hunt told the actor Helen Hunt and the rest of the cast to not worry about getting the lines down correctly but make sure to be true to your character. In other words, improvisational but not overtly so. The romantic relationship was choreographed well; Ms. Hunt and Mr. Firth, who have both been around the block, warily circling each other, feeling each other out emotionally and eventually physically. Very real to the heart and feel of a burgeoning relationship. Rating: 7.5/10