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Raising Helen (2004)

PG-13 | | 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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:

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

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

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In the final scene, the ship "Miss New York" is docked in one shot. In the next wide shot the ship can be seen leaving port. In a third, seconds-later wide shot, the ship is again seen passing the same point on its departure. See more »

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[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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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Written and Performed by David Bowie
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Raising Helen
15 May 2005 | by (U.S. Virgin Islands) – See all my reviews

This movie was a nice surprise. It speaks to the young, single career women who think they have it all.

It has a lesson, and not all movies do. We learn the importance of family and how hard it is to raise children. But the resounding message that is sent is that sometimes we think we know what we want, then when a life-altering experience happens, we rethink what we originally thought.

I loved the script writing in this movie-- very entertaining and intelligent. I thought the acting was superb.

I think kate hudson was so natural and endearing. A dumb-blonde? No... this woman is the woman to watch for... move over Nicole Kidman...you have serious competition here.


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