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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 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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Trivia

In this movie and in the television series Heroes (2006), Hayden Panettiere and Katie Carr portrayed niece and girl friend, respectively, to one of the main characters (Helen here, and Peter in Heroes). In both cases, Carr played a character named Caitlin. See more »

Goofs

When Helen stops at the magazine stand and sees Tinka on the front of the magazine, her bag moves from her shoulder to her arm depending on which camera angle it is taken from. 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 »

Connections

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

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Fashion
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music Inc.
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Better than I expected
28 May 2004 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I thought it might be cute, but I had reservations because everything I've seen Kate Hudson in since "Almost Famous" has been quite disappointing. This one, she finally picked a winner. It didn't hurt that her costar is John Corbett. The two of them actually have pretty good chemistry, and the three kids are cute without being annoying. There were lots of tears in this one...more tears than laughs, maybe. It is a great "chick flick". I will have to wait for the DVD to see the end credits because the theater flubbed up and cut off the film right after the final music crescendoed and you could tell the credits were coming. How annoying. Anyway, I digress. Not sure why this is rated PG13, because I don't remember anything blatantly offensive. Again, I wonder why filmmakers can't just be a little more "delicate" and get those PG ratings. There are so few movies we can enjoy as a family...this one I will probably allow my 9 year old to see. Many people won't because of the rating. Too bad. I recommend this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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