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Helen Harris' career at a top Manhattan modeling agency, working for Dominique, 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. The fun begins as Helen goes through the transformation from super hip to super mom.
Romantic Comedy - It is a romantic comedy, but that's not the main storyline. It's
mainly about how Helen has the responsibility of these kids thrust
upon her and how she's forced to grow up quickly. It's primarily an
upbeat and fun story, with some sad moments and some "tear in your
eye" happy moments.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Short dresses and mildly implied sexual activity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Smoking and teens drinking at a party. ACTION: None COMEDY: VERY FUNNY! Lots of chuckles and several big laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average As unlikely as it may sound, 2004 is the year when directors Kevin Smith and Garry Marshall have made virtually the same movie. The convergence of the irreverent prince of potty humor and the cringe-worthy captain of schlock must be one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Raising Helen' is a perfectly pleasant comedy in which nice people do good things despite challenges which are difficult but not excessive. As a pilot for a TV sitcom it would probably be picked up, but it's not compelling enough to involve a trip to the movies. From beginning to end, we've been there, seen that.
USA TodayFull Review Average Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson. But this time, we don't even get that slinky gold dress Hudson wore so well in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. This movie's chief distinction: It's a family movie that features a Paris Hilton cameo.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 234 moviegoer opinions. The critics missed this one. They rated it as "average" while moviegoers thought it was GREAT! Over half rated it either "Excellent" or "Fantastic," which is certainly better than "average." Nearly all the rest rated it "Very Good," which is still great. Only a small percentage rated it "Good," which is what we would consider to be "average." Equally important is the fact that no one disliked the movie. This indicates that it has very wide appeal and should be enjoyed very much by everyone. SEE "RAISING HELEN"!
Helen Harris (KATE HUDSON) is living the life
she always dreamed of. Her career at a top
Manhattan modeling agency, working for
Dominique (HELEN MIRREN), 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). The fun
begins as Helen
goes through the
from super hip to
super mom. No
one doubts that
Helen is the
coolest aunt in
New York, but
what does this
glamour girl know
kids? She quickly
finds that dancing
at 3 a.m. doesn't
mix with getting
kids to school on
time – advice that
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.