Elinor Lipman writes smart witty modern novels about the female experience. Actress Helen Hunt obviously agrees, deciding to adapt this for her directorial debut (with a little help from Alice Arlen and Victor Levin). After her irritating husband leaves her, her adoptive mother dies, and she falls for the father of kids at the school where she teaches, her real mom looks her up and she finds she’s pregnant by the husband she despises. It’s mostly well handled, especially by Bette Midler as her local celeb mom, but Hunt’s expressions make it hard to empathise – we should like her more instead of feeling so much pain. These things are true – relationships, marriage, childhood, parenthood, pregnancy, labour, birth, mothering – are misery, whether you’re adopted are not. And that’s what this is about.