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Raising Helen (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 May 2004 (USA)
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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Ethan Browne ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Helen help us.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helens små underverk  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,239,252 (USA) (28 May 2004)


$37,486,138 (USA) (3 September 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In both this movie and in the TV series Heroes (2006), Hayden Panettiere and Katie Carr portray niece and girl friend respectively, to one of the main characters (Helen here, and Peter in Heroes). In both cases Carr plays a character named Caitlin. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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The opening credits interacts with the opening scenes, wiping on/off screen with passing persons and objects. See more »


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Written by BT and Rose McGowan
Performed by BT feat. Rose McGowan
Courtesy of Nettwerk America
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old script...new refreshing movie
16 February 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The story of three kids being given to an unqualified relative has been repeated countless number of times. This time however, Raising Helen gives the story a nice turn. The story is predictable...and yet..thoroughly refreshing. Kate Hudson has done a fantastic job and John Corbett looks dashing as usual. The child actors are really good and the story pretty funny. It's an honest attempt to make a good feel-good movie. Joan Cusack is her usual great self...and adds a touch of reality to her character. All in all...this movie's worth a watch, especially for those who like watching a feel-good romantic comedy!The Asian neighbour and Kate's boss at the modelling agency have done justice to their characters. Kate Hudson is definitely someone to watch out for...she's going places!

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