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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Helen help us.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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28 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Helens små underverk  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,239,252, 30 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,486,138, 5 September 2004
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Trivia

While filming, director Garry Marshall kept referring to star Kate Hudson as Goldie. He had worked with Hudson's mother Goldie Hawn on Overboard (1987) and kept getting the name wrong, as he said they looked and acted so much alike. The actress was a good sport about it, but the crew put up a box for Marshall to pay $5.00 for every time he called her by the wrong name. By the end of the shoot the money in the box provided for a lavish party, thrown by Hudson for the entire crew. See more »

Goofs

At the fashion show, Paris Hilton is seen arriving and sitting down in the section of seats next to where Helen and the kids are. Later, when Sarah sees Paris's dog, she is sitting across the catwalk. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in On the Set: Raising Helen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Whip It
Written by Gerald V. Casale (as Gerald Casale) and Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The Other Sister
22 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Three sisters, played by two real actresses and one Hollywood daughter. One dies, one is overly stuffy and the third — who inherits the children — has the Devil-in-Prada life. Its the third sister the movie focuses on, but its Joan Cusack that steals this. She's the "unfun" sister.

Joan acts with her face to an extent that with anyone else, Jim Carey for instance, would only be comical. But she makes it real, as if she is a real character with someone inside pulling strings violently. But she shows us on the side that she (the actress) really does have this all under control. We don't have many actresses that can underdo overdoing it and make it work without having the whole project be invented around her.

She's really wonderful. I'm trying to find the film she wrote: "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez."

As for the movie: brand name fast food.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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