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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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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)

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

St Barbara was an early Christian martyr. There never would be a "Saint Barbara Lutheran School" (or church, for that matter). The only saints Lutherans venerate would be characters in the New Testament, like St Paul, St John etc (original disciples). 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Features Married with Children (1987) See more »

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If You Walk Away
Written by Fefe Dobson and Jay Levine
Produced by Jay Levine
Performed by Fefe Dobson
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Funny; good family film, some tender moments.
29 November 2004 | by (Calgary, AB) – See all my reviews

I loved Kate Hudson in Almost Famous, and a few people told me this film was good, so we rented it.

We did enjoy it. It had some very funny moments, and some very tender moments. Kate Hudson was good, but don't expect "Almost Famous" style brilliance out of her in this one. The rest of the cast performs about the same -- good performances, nothing stellar. Except perhaps Joan Cusack; her performance was very good.

If you have kids, say, about ten years old and older this is a good film to watch together with them -- it introduces them to a few teen and adult issues (dating, death, etc.) and shows the sorts of tough decisions that parents sometimes have to make. And you'll have lots of fun laughing together too.


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