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Raising Helen (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  28 May 2004 (USA)
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After her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, a young woman becomes the guardian of their three children.

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Helen Harris is living the life she's always dreamed of: her career at a top modeling agency is on the rise; she spends her days at fashion shows and her nights at the city's hottest clubs. But her carefree lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when one phone call changes everything. Helen soon finds herself responsible for her sister's children: 15-year-old Audrey, 10-year-old Henry, and 5-year-old Sarah. No one doubts that Helen is the coolest aunt in New York, but what does this glamour girl know about raising kids? The fun begins as Helen goes through the transformation from super-hip to super-mom, but she quickly finds that dancing at 3a.m. doesn't mix with getting kids to school on time--advice that Helen's older sister, Jenny, is only too quick to dish out. Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual place--with Dan Parker, the handsome young pastor and principal of the kids' new school--and realizes the choice she has to make is between the life she's always loved ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Helen help us.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic issues involving teens | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£209,201 (UK) (27 August 2004)

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£463,995 (UK) (3 September 2004)
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The Referee for Pastor Dan's Hockey game is introduced as former Olympic skater Scotty Buttons. His name is a combination of the names Scott Hamilton and Dick Button. Both Hamilton and Button were past Gold Medal winners in the Olympics for the United States. See more »

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When Nilma introduces herself, she introduces herself as Nilma Prasad, and when Helen is looking for a new job, she refers her to her husband Ravi. However, when Helen shows up on the used car lot, she asks for a Ravi Patel instead of a Ravi Prasad. See more »

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Club Doorman: What we got here; 1,2,3,4 - 4 beautiful ladies. Come on. Cesar let them in. Nice. Not you, too random.
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Absurd and Corny Hollywoodian Tale
27 February 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The single and successful executive of the fashion world, Helen Harris (Kate Hudson), becomes the guardian of her two nieces and one nephew after the death of her sister and her brother-in-law. She moves from Manhattan to Queens, and faces difficulties trying to raise the children.

"Raising Helen" is another absurd and corny Hollywoodian tale, or fairytale, or s**t tale. There are some few funny moments, but the story has an absolute lack of logic and coherence. The changing of the character of Helen, from a fashionable independent single woman of Manhattan developing her successful career in the fashion world into a suburban mother of stepson and stepdaughters is one of the most ridiculous and corny I have ever seen. I like Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Kate Hudson and John Corbett, I tried to like this movie, but the screenplay is a shallow unbelievable crap. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Um Presente Para Helen" ("A Gift For Helen")


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