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Raising Helen (2004)

Cast: Kate Hudson, Kate Hudson, John Corbett, more...
Director: Garry Marshall, Garry Marshall
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Studio: Touchstone
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 119 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Directed by Garry Marshall, Raising Helen revolves around Helen Harris (Kate Hudson), whose successful fashion career and decadent Manhattan lifestyle are plenty in terms of keeping her occupied and content. Helen's days as a socialite are brought to a swift end, however, when she is informed not only of the death of her sister and brother-in-law, but of the decision to leave their three children in her care. Being one of New York's hippest matters little to 15-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), ten-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and five-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin), who would much rather have their parents back. Convinced she can raise the kids and maintain her already fast-paced schedule, Helen quickly finds herself burnt out and disheartened by her older sister's (Joan Cusack) lack of faith. Despite her already hectic schedule, however, Helen finds the time to develop a genuine affection for her new dependents, as well as an equally genuine attraction to Pastor Don Parker (John Corbett), the kids' school principal and local pastor. Eventually, Helen realizes she can't balance the two lives, and is faced with a difficult decision: Does she live her old dreams or take a chance on a new one? ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lowering Standards by talltale October 2, 2004 - 2:10 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
RAISING HELEN--the failed attempt at both a good movie and a funny title (oooh, it's kind of like "raising hell")--is maybe one step up from "Jersey Girl," as far as films about child-rearing (after the untimely death of parents) is concerned. Director Gary Marshall appears less adept with each new film ("Princess Diaries 1 and 2" and this woeful example). Occasionally there glides into view a truthful moment or clever line, but mainly the movie keeps shifting its tone from failed humor to the slovenly sentimental. And most of the content here is just plain silly. Poor Kate Hudson's career continues to drop, with flop after flop. Yet, she's good, and so is John Corbett and others in the game cast. But this is yet another needless movie that even America's tame, mindless audiences ignored. Smart move--or perhaps it's just something they overlooked.

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