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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 (Kate Hudson) is living the life she's always dreamed of: her career at a top modelling 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: fifteen-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), ten-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and five-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin). No one doubts that Helen is the coolest aunt in New York City, but what does this glamor 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 Portman (Joan Cusack), is only too quick to dish out. Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual place, with Dan Parker (John Corbett), the handsome young pastor... 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:

Raising Helen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,985,597, 30 May 2004

Gross USA:

$37,486,512

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,718,611
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on the same streets in Queens as Spider-Man (2002) and It Could Happen to You (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Helen goes to the church to meet Pastor Dan before going to the hockey game, the cleaning lady stops vacuuming and walks away twice - once when Helen walks up the first time, and again when Pastor Dan sees her and she turns and trips. 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

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

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Features Married... with Children (1987) See more »

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Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music Inc.
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Bridge and tunnel
30 May 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

New Yorkers that happen not to live in the island of Manhattan are seen as "Bridge and tunnel", a derisive term used by residents of the island to indicate their superiority to their less sophisticated, or perhaps less affluent neighbors. Never mind that most Manhattanites are transplants from other places themselves!

Imagine Helen Harris' reaction when she is given custody of her three nephews and has to give up her Village apartment because it's too small and has to relocate to Astoria! Garry Marshall, a director with a lot of films under him, is at the helm of this comedy that follows the adventures of a woman trying to cope with what destiny had in store for her, even though she never set out to be in the position she has to face. The screen play is by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, two men that has dealt in cuteness in previous works.

Helen, who works for a modeling agency in Manhattan, finds herself in a predicament when her sister Lindsay and her husband die tragically. She has been picked to raise two girls and a boy and she is ill prepared to deal with the situation. Instead of naming the more domestic sister, Jenny, as the guardian, Lindsay knew something that the other two siblings didn't know in trusting her three children to Helen.

"Raising Helen" deals with the trials and tribulations of Helen as she comes to terms with her new situation. She must give up her fabulous job, with all its perks, and seek employment in a "previously owned" car lot where she is able to prove her worth. At the same time, she has to deal with her new family in ways she didn't expect. She also finds a good man in the Lutheran pastor who falls in love with her from the moment she enrolls the kids in his school.

Kate Hudson is a beautiful woman with an angelic face that keeps the viewer recalling her mother, Goldie Hawn. She is as good a comedienne, as her mother was in her prime. The best thing in the film, or in any other film where she is cast, is Joan Cusack. She steals the film with her Jenny, a well meaning person who feels bypassed for a role she was meant to play all along. Ms. Cusack is a treasure in this movie. John Corbett, is the hunky Lutheran pastor who falls in love with Helen. Helen Mirren and Felicity Huffman has small roles as Helen's boss Dominique and her sister Lindsay.

"Raising Helen" while predictable was targeted for a certain viewer who loves this type of comedy. Under the sure hand of Garry Marshall it makes for a pleasant time at the movies.


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