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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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Patrick J. Clifton (story), Beth Rigazio (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Hudson ... Helen Harris
John Corbett ... Pastor Dan Parker
Joan Cusack ... Jenny Portman
Hayden Panettiere ... Audrey Davis
Spencer Breslin ... Henry Davis
Abigail Breslin ... Sarah Davis
Helen Mirren ... Dominique
Sakina Jaffrey ... Nilma Prasad
Kevin Kilner ... Ed Portman
Felicity Huffman ... Lindsay Davis
Sean O'Bryan ... Paul Davis
Amber Valletta ... Martina
Ethan Browne Ethan Browne ... Devon
Michael Esparza ... BZ
Katie Carr ... Caitlin
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Helen help us.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helens små underverk See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

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

On the first half of the end credits, Helen and Dan were on a Zamboni in the dark. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Nothing could raise this...
10 June 2004 | by arassweilerSee all my reviews

This is an atrocious piece of formulaic Hollywood cinema that insults the intelligence and sophistication of everyone.

There are no laughs in it whatsoever and nothing believable about the story, characters, etc.

You don't care about the characters at all..no development at all..in fact I still can't remember who actually was supposed to have died after the embarrassing 'Devo dance / bonding scene' that's supposed to endear you to the character who is dead 5 minutes later. I kept asking myself "Who died?"

I got up and left this turkey about an hour into it.


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