6.0/10
34,360
105 user 93 critic

Raising Helen (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 May 2004 (USA)
Clip
0:50 | Clip
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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor.

Director: Nicole Kassell
Stars: Kate Hudson, Gael García Bernal, Kathy Bates
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy's fiancé.

Director: Luke Greenfield
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield
Uptown Girls (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A grown-up woman, who kept her childish instincts and behavior, starts working as a nanny of a 8-year-old girl, who actually acts like an adult. But in the end everything turns to its right places.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear
Bride Wars (2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs
Alex & Emma (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, David Paymer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Fool's Gold I (2008)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A new clue to the whereabouts of a lost treasure rekindles a married couple's sense of adventure -- and their estranged romance.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A best man (Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.

Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Jane Fonda
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raising Helen See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spencer Breslin (Henry) and Sarah Davis Abigail Breslin (Sarah) are siblings in real-life. See more »

Goofs

At the fashion show, Paris Hilton is seen arriving and sitting down in the section of seats next to where Helen and the kids are. Later, when Sarah sees Paris's dog, she is sitting across the catwalk. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits interacts with the opening scenes, wiping on/off screen with passing persons and objects. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Cable Guy (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand Back
Written by Carole King and Paul Williams
Produced by John Leventhal and Rick Depofi
Performed by Joan Osborne
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lacklustre
2 October 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young woman unexpectedly becoming a mother of three because her sister died in a traffic accident.

I find the script weak and unconvincing. The script tries to examine the difficulty of transition from singlehood to motherhood, family tension, trust and childcare issues. The end result is that the film lack direction and wander around aimlessly. It fails to be funny, romantic or dramatic.

Acting has to be applauded though. Joan Cusack does a good job to convey a spectrum of emotions, especially envy. Hayden Panettiere is also very convincing as a rebellious young girl.

Overall, I find this film boring and lacklustre.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 105 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed