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Raising Helen (2004)

Raising Helen

Overview


Genre

Drama Comedy

Release Date

May 28, 2004

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

119 min.

Studio

Touchstone Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Garry Marshall

Producer

Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman

Screenwriter

Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

Starring

Story


In this heartwarming comedy from director Garry Marshall ("Runaway Bride," "The Princess Diaries"), Helen Harris (Academy Award¨ nominee KATE HUDSON) is living the life she always dreamed of. Her career at a top Manhattan 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 (HAYDEN PANETTIERE), 10-year-old Henry (SPENCER BRESLIN), and 5-year-old Sarah (ABIGAIL BRESLIN). 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 3 a.m. doesn't mix with getting kids to school on time advice that Helen's older sister, Jenny (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 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.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..isn't funny enough or dramatic enough..”
by Stella Papamichael [BBC Films]
“..a fantasy New York City no one has ever seen before..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..Clich?-ridden, manipulative, overlong and desperately sentimental rubbish..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]

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