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Raising Helen ()


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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
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Pastor Dan Parker
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Jenny Portman
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Audrey Davis
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Henry Davis
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Sarah Davis
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Dominique
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Nilma Prasad
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Ed Portman
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Lindsay Davis
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Paul Davis
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Martina
Ethan Browne ...
Devon
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BZ
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Caitlin
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Tinka
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Landlord
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Prom Date Peter
Catherine Tayrien ...
Jasmine Portman
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Oliver Portman
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Amber
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Lacey
Wesley Horton ...
Gary Hagelnick
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Jean Paul (as Bernie Hiller)
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Intern Mary
Brigitta Lauren ...
Simone
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Photographer
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Fashion Show Security
Kelli Clendion ...
Fashion Show Model
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Fashion Show Model
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Fashion Show Model
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Fashion Show Model (as Tonje Larsgard)
Daru Kawalkowski ...
Martina's Agent
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Hippo Waiter
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Restaurant Maitre d'
Sunny Hawks ...
Kyra
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Chip
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Club Doorman
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Club DJ
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Club Line Girl
Joseph Leo Bwarie ...
Club Bartender
Sarina Ranftl ...
Restaurant Waitress
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Devon's Friend (as Erica Lookadoo)
Marvin Braverman ...
Hot Dog Vendor Aaron
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Brunch Maitre d'
Joy Rosenthal ...
Brunch Patron
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Brunch Patron
Karin Calabro ...
Brunch Waitress (as Karina Calabro)
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Karaoke MC
Julie Schubert ...
Karaoke Bartender
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Job Interviewer
Marilyn Mason ...
Job Interviewer
Steve Totland ...
Job Interviewer
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Job Interviewer
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Lola Model
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Make-Up Trailer Model (as Micky Hoogen)
Julie Paris ...
Real Estate Woman
Larry J. Robbins ...
Lawyer
Madeline Miller ...
Lawyer
Joe Allen Price ...
Mourner
Peggy Crosby ...
Mourner
Ronny Hallin ...
Mourner
Barbara Nabozny ...
Mourner
Frank Campanella ...
Mourner
Herbert Malina ...
Mourner
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Mourner
Kamilla Bjorlin ...
Mourner
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Mourner
Norma Jean Jahn ...
Mourner
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Neighbor
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Neighbor
Bob Jacobs ...
Bridge Chair Guy
Artie Sax ...
Bridge Chair Guy
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Hockey Cantor
Gary Jones ...
Hockey Ref 'Scotty Buttons'
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Hockey Rabbi
Joe Unitas ...
Hockey Announcer
Charles Guardino ...
News Vendor
Steve Restivo ...
Motel Manager
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Zoo Reporter
Jared Brown ...
Zoo Tour Guide
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Zoo Cameraman
Cassius Kumar Wilkinson ...
Nilma's Kid (as Cassius Wilkinson)
Jamila Wilkinson ...
Nilma's Kid
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Mrs. LaGambina
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Pastor Wells
David Scharf ...
Prom DJ
Ira Glick ...
Basketball Referee
Lauri LaBeau ...
Basketball Coach
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Basketball Nurse
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Basketball Parent
Spencer Perez ...
Basketball Student
Brady Woods ...
Audrey's Friend
Erik Bragg ...
Audrey's Friend
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Audrey's Friend
Claudia Vazquez ...
Audrey's Friend
Joie Shettler ...
Vespers' Mom
Lori Marshall ...
Brownie Mom
Lily Marshall-Fricker ...
Kindergarden Kid
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Kindergarden Kid
Kerry McCullen Palmisano ...
Church Choir (as Kerry Palmisano)
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Church Choir
Sterling Jennings ...
Church Choir
Pamela Kilroy ...
Church Choir
Daniel Cathers ...
Church Choir
Jenna Reni Zuccari ...
Church Choir
Dedzidi Ladzekpo ...
Church Choir
Allison Norton ...
Church Choir
Kelly Durban ...
Church Choir
Sarah Hahn ...
Church Choir
Emily Alonso ...
Church Choir
Michael Ullerick ...
Church Choir
Aaron Anderson ...
Church Choir
Josiah Bartel ...
Church Choir
Mark Vogel ...
Choir Director
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Ravi Prasad
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Ralphy Newman
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Rene DeCarlo
Scott Crumly ...
Car Washer
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New Receptionist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Courtney Black ...
Jackie (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Mickey Massey (uncredited)
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Car Buyer (uncredited)
Betsy Taylor ...
Fashion Show Model (uncredited)

Directed by

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Garry Marshall

Written by

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Patrick J. Clifton ... (story) &
Beth Rigazio ... (story)
 
Jack Amiel ... (screenplay) &
Michael Begler ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ashok Amritraj ... producer
David Hoberman ... producer
Mario Iscovich ... executive producer
Todd Lieberman ... co-producer
David Scharf ... associate producer
Ellen H. Schwartz ... executive producer
Karen Stirgwolt ... co-producer

Music by

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John Debney
Mark Vogel

Cinematography by

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Charles Minsky ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bruce Green
Tara Timpone

Editorial Department

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Angela Barton ... assistant editor
Stephanie M. Casey ... first assistant editor
Christopher Vagnino Gamby ... apprentice editor
Michelle Herrin ... post-production assistant
Robert Malina ... assistant editor
Bethany Orlemann ... second assistant editor
Greg Reed ... post-production assistant
Hugh Ross ... assistant editor
Peter Tackaberry ... assistant editor
Dennis Thorlaksen ... assistant editor
Lee Wimer ... color timer

Casting By

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Mali Finn

Production Design by

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Steven J. Jordan ... (as Steven Jordan)

Art Direction by

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William Hiney

Set Decoration by

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Suzette Sheets

Costume Design by

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Gary Jones

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist: Kate Hudson (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
Angel De Angelis ... key hair stylist: New York (as Angel DeAngelis)
Fern Feller ... makeup artist: New York
Michael Laudati ... key makeup artist: New York
Barbara Lorenz ... hair department head
Kay Majerus ... additional hair stylist
Jacklin Masteran ... key hair stylist
Bernadette Mazur ... makeup artist: Joan Cusack
Emjay Olson ... hair stylist
Michele Paris ... personal makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
Ron Scott ... key hair stylist
Christina Smith ... makeup department head
Ronnie Specter ... makeup artist: Kate Hudson
Anthony Veader ... assistant hair stylist: New York (as Anthony F. Veader)
Clinton Wayne ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Carol Cuddy ... unit production manager: New York
Margaret Hilliard ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul F. Bernard ... first assistant director: second unit
Anne Carroll ... second assistant director: New York
Murphy Occhino ... second second assistant director: New York
Ellen H. Schwartz ... first assistant director
Jeffrey Schwartz ... second second assistant director
David H. Venghaus Jr. ... second assistant director / second unit director
Eric Yellin ... second assistant director: New York

Art Department

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Armando Abarca ... drapery foreman
David H. Allen ... property master
Andrew Campbell ... graphic designer
Gary Clark ... head paint foreman
Mike Cunningham ... assistant property master
Jeffrey R. Daniels ... art department production assistant
Oscar Delgadillo ... set dresser
Gerard J. Furey ... shop craftsman
Danielle Giovanniello ... set dresser
Judy Gurr ... assistant set decorator: New York
Geoff Hubbard ... set designer
Kon Iliov ... gangboss
Beth Kushnick ... set decorator: New York
Richard Lambert ... leadman
Larry Morgan ... stage foreman
Ken Nelson ... construction coordinator
Rhonda Paynter ... swing gang
Trevor A. Rudolph ... set dresser (as Trevor Rudolph)
Amy Ryder ... buyer
James Sadek ... shop craft foreman
Ralph Sarabia ... paint foreman
Ken Scaife ... construction coordinator
Fred Seibly ... signwriter
Stan Tropp ... set designer
Patricia Walker ... charge scenic
Harry Weinmann ... production illustrator
Joan Winters ... graphic designer
James Fernandez ... key on-set greens (uncredited)
Flo Frintzilas ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James Ashwill ... foley mixer
Joseph F. Brennan ... boom operator
G.W. Brown ... supervising adr editor
Thomas Causey ... production sound mixer
John T. Cucci ... foley artist
Valerie Davidson ... supervising foley editor
Richard Duarte ... foley mixer
Gregg Harris ... boom operator: New York
Suhail Kafity ... foley editor
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Richard Kite ... utility sound
Adam Kopald ... sound effects editor
John Kwiatkowski ... dialogue editor
Chet Leonard ... music playback
Donald J. Malouf ... sound effects editor
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Charles W. Ritter ... dialogue editor
Todd Toon ... supervising sound editor
Mark A. Tracy ... first assistant sound editor
Jerry Yuen ... utility sound: New York
Donald P. Zappala ... assistant sound editor
Dean A. Zupancic ... re-recording mixer
Stephen W. Potter ... stage engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Thomas Rasada ... special effects coordinator: LA reshoots
Gary Zink ... special effects director
Christine Onesky ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Akemi Abe ... digital artist: title sequence animation
Michael Curtis ... digital compositor
William Koshowany ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Steve Blalock ... stunt guest
Gary Combs ... stunt coordinator
Dan Lemieux ... stunt double: John Corbett
Lagrande Powe ... stunt model
Larry Rippenkroeger ... stunt guest

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nicolas Amato ... electrician
Russell Ayer ... electrician
Chad C. Barrow ... rigging grip
Ron Batzdorff ... still photographer
Ben Beaird ... key grip
Cory Beaird ... grip
Erik Bernstein ... best boy electric
Robin Bursey ... film loader
Brian Carmichael ... video assist operator
Steve Comesky ... best boy electric: New York
James 'Spud' Danicic ... second assistant camera: reshoots
Julian de la Pena ... electrician
Jon Delgado ... electrician
Ric Delgado ... electrician
Bryan Dolan ... electrician
Maurizio Dotto ... assistant camera
Jeff Durling ... electrician
Gene Engels ... gaffer: New York
Sean P. Fickert ... rigging grip
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald ... best boy grip
Eldon Hansen ... rigger
Lee Kazista ... assistant camera: New York
Jeff Kunkel ... dolly grip
To Lee ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Frances 'Buddy' McBride ... rigging gaffer: New York
John Milcetic ... electrician: New York
Bob Myers ... grip
Chris Napolitano ... chief rigging gaffer
David A. Parks ... rigging best boy electric
Steve Robertson ... dolly grip
Lewis Sadler ... electrician: New York
P. Scott Sakamoto ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Richard Scarpone ... video assist operator
Jason Selsor ... rigging grip
Sean Smith ... electrician
Kyle Stephens ... electrician
Michael Stone ... director of photography: second unit
Larissa Supplitt ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Joel Tishcoff ... rigging best boy: New York
Chuck Turner ... best boy rigging grip
Johnny Walker ... first assistant camera
Kevin Walsh ... electrician: New York
Randy Woodside ... chief lighting technician
Steve Zvorsky ... electrician
Chris Stanman ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jennifer Alessi ... extras casting
Sande Alessi ... extras casting
Micah Dahlberg ... casting assistant
Lyndsey Gayer ... casting assistant
Lee Genick ... extras casting
David Rapaport ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Alexander ... set costumer
Robin Borman-Wizan ... set costumer
Susi Campos ... costumer
Candice Dobkousky ... costumer: Kate Hudson (as Candice Sabbah Dobkousky)
Lee Harris ... costumer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton ... wardrobe supervisor
Carmia Marshall ... costumer: second unit
Brooke Mozersky ... costume assistant (as Brooke Fein)
Gali Noy ... costumer
Jessica Peel ... assistant costume designer
Diane Puhalla ... cutter/fitter
Anya Sarre ... costume department assistant
Alexis Steinman ... costumer

Location Management

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Keith Adams ... location supervisor: second unit
Kandice Billingsley ... key assistant location manager
Stacey B. Brashear ... key assistant location manager
Robert Cavalluzzo ... assistant location manager: New York
Andrew D. Cooke ... location scout
Jason De Bari ... assistant location manager: second unit, New York
Annika Flick ... location assistant
Michael Hartel ... location scout
Sam Hutchins ... location supervisor
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. ... location manager
Vernon Rodriquez ... location assistant
Susan Silas ... location scout
David Velasco ... location scout
Graham Goetz ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Todd Bozung ... music editor
Thomas A. Carlson ... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Marvin Morris ... music editor
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer / score recordist
Ryan Robinson ... scoring technical support engineer
Dawn Soler ... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
Don Welty ... music business and legal affairs
Wolfgang Amadeus ... music mixer (uncredited)
Frank Bennett ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Aaron Martin ... music programmer (uncredited)
Alex Names ... music playback (uncredited)
Peter Rotter ... music contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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David Becerra ... transportation office coordinator
Robert K. Johnson ... transportation captain
Brian Lieberz ... driver
Neil Marshall ... driver: honeywagon
Thomas McGoldrick ... driver: cast
Edward O'Donnell ... transportation coordinator
John 'J.P.' Pratt ... transportation co-captain
Theresa M. Roehner ... driver
Kenny Searle ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Daniela Barbosa ... production assistant: New York
Buffy Barton ... assistant: Ms. Hudson, New York
Bonnie Belknap ... food stylist
Nicholas R. Bell ... production assistant: New York
Pamela Bertini ... accounting clerk: New York
Angelica Bolognesi Bonacini ... voice actress: Abigail Breslin
Scott Brant ... accounting clerk
Jill Breitzman ... production assistant
Dalton Brooks ... stand-in
Christopher S. Bryson ... production assistant
Cecilia Cardwell ... studio teacher
Amy Carter ... first assistant production accountant: New York
Angie Lee Cobbs ... assistant: Ms. Hudson
Carol DePasquale ... script supervisor
Pam Des Vigne ... lead payroll accountant
Sera DiBlasio ... production assistant
Ben Dietz ... assistant: Mr. Amritraj
Cody Dorkin ... adr voice
Rebecca Edwards ... assistant accountant
Jason Filby ... office production assistant
Annika Flick ... production assistant
Carrie Black Gallison ... script coordinator
Karen Glass ... production executive
Scott Grossman ... choreographer
Mark Hagerman ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Ronald Hairston Jr. ... craft service
Ronald E. Hairston ... craft service
Heather Hall ... executive assistant: Mr. Marshall
Traci Richelle Harrison ... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Patti Hawn ... unit publicist
Tom Hines ... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Edward Hunt ... assistant production coordinator
Pamela Jaeckle ... production coordinator
Danai Katsufrakis ... assistant: Mr. Iscovich
Joseph Keyes ... set production assistant: New York
Neville Kiser ... production assistant
Nicole Kreuzer ... stand-in: Joan Cusack
Michael Larson ... additional production assistant
Jenny Marchick ... assistant: Mr. Lieberman
Christopher Martini ... production assistant
J.C. McIlwaine ... production assistant: New York
Dauv McNeely ... computer and video playback technician
Kim Meade ... assistant: Mr. Hoberman
Jamie Millhoff ... consultant
Katrina Oost ... stand-in: Hayden Panatierre
Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. ... set production assistant
Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt ... production assistant
Wayne Petrocelli ... security: Kate Hudson
Wayne Petrucelli ... security: Kate Hudson, New York
Patricia Porter ... payroll accountant
John Radcliff ... set production assistant
Greg 'Snicks' Reed ... production assistant
Pavel Rudenko ... production assistant
Howard Samuelsohn ... dialect coach
Jeff Saville ... production assistant
Sheryl Sirmons ... first assistant accountant
Maria Snow ... double (as Maria Markosov) / stand-in (as Maria Markosov)
John St. Laurent ... production assistant
Dan Tipton ... production secretary
Eva Vedock ... craft service
James William Visconti III ... production assistant
Dana Wagner ... production assistant
Steven Wargo ... craft service
Rebecca White ... second assistant accountant
Patty Willett ... production coordinator: New York
Chris Withrow ... production assistant
Leslie Yeransian ... stand-in: Martina
Mike Conley ... production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Edelson ... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Yannick Fauchier ... set production assistant (uncredited)
David Feinberg ... production office assistant: New York (uncredited)
Sunny Malick ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Matthew Mason ... production assistant: New York (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 and the new loves of her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Also Known As
  • Fashion maman (France)
  • Eine Liebe auf Umwegen (Germany)
  • Liebe auf Umwegen (Germany)
  • Mamá a la fuerza (Spain)
  • Helens små underverk (Finland, Swedish title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget $50,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $14,239,252, 30 May 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kate Hudson was pregnant during part of the filming. Near the end of the film, she subconsciously touches her midriff as she walks. See more »
Goofs When Henry and Sarah are fighting over which bed they get, you can see Sarah mouthing Henry's lines as he's saying them. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #11.125 (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Stand Back See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits interacts with the opening scenes, wiping on/off screen with passing persons and objects. See more »
Quotes Audrey Davis: [Jenny bursts into the motel room] Aunt Jenny? What are you doing here? How did you find me?
Jenny Portman: You have ten seconds to get your things together and get in the car.
Jenny Portman: [to BZ who has just come out of the bathroom] Stay! Ten...
Audrey Davis: You're not my mother, if you haven't noticed.
Jenny Portman: No. But I love you very much, and I will be your worst nightmare if you don't get in that car now. Seven, six...
BZ: But we're not ready to go yet.
Jenny Portman: Oh, you're not ready? Well... Well, are you ready for this?
[Jenny who is pregnant motions to her stomach]
Jenny Portman: I don't think so. Are you ready to be a parent? I don't think so.
Jenny Portman: [to Audrey] Four, three...
Audrey Davis: Are you happy? You just ruined my entire life.
Jenny Portman: Well, we'll fix it later. Two...
[back to BZ]
Jenny Portman: You.
BZ: Chill out, Mommy.
Jenny Portman: Hey.
BZ: It's all good.
Jenny Portman: [cutting in] Don't you talk to me like that.
BZ: It's just a prom.
Jenny Portman: [cutting in more] You listen to me. If you ever so much as blink in her direction again, I can and will bury you so far in the ground that the heat from the earth's core will incinerate your sorry ass. Do you understand me?
BZ: Yes, ma'am.
Jenny Portman: By the way, you're not a bad person. But this is very bad behavior. Very bad behavior.
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