Raising Helen Poster

Release Date: May 28th, 2004

DVD Release Date: October 12th, 2004

PG-13|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
Single and self-involved, Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) has a thriving fashion career and a lavish lifestyle in New York City. Helen is shocked to hear that her sister and brother-in-law have died in an accident, and alarmed that they have named her the guardian of their three kids (Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin). As the children struggle with the change, Helen has to decide whether she'll cling to her old ways or come to terms with her new family role.

Cast: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Héctor Elizondo, Dame Helen Mirren, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin

Director: Garry Marshall

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, High Arc Productions, Beacon Pictures

Keywords: Death, Transformation, 2000s, Heartwarming, Emotional, School, New York City, Love, Sister

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  • Marshall's predilection for romantic fairy tales is much in evidence, though the comedy registers in a lower key than it did in such hits as "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride." show more

  • What Raising Helen doesn't offer is a competent (never mind compelling) performance from Hudson, who is as cute as lace pants and has approximately as much acting skill. show more

  • Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene.

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