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Raising Helen (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Comedy movie directed by Garry Marshall

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One of those little Hollywood pastries without pretensions

  • May 8, 2005
If pretty people, stories that involve displaced families and the ultimate awakening of a free-spirited thinker to the 'joys of motherhood' sans the trials of pregnancy, a bit of slapstick humor and a dab of sentimentality are the ingredients you desire for an evening of staring at the TV/DVD, then RAISING HELEN is bound to please. The story - the unlikely sister candidate for accepting motherhood upon the death of a sister/brother-in-law - has been done before and better, but with the pleasures of watching Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, and Helen Mirren in the cast it can't all be humdrum. This is another Garry Marshall piece of fluff and it makes for a pleasant if uninspiring lazy evening. Grady Harp, May 05

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review by . January 03, 2005
This movie is really pretty bad on quite a few levels. It deals with a wreckless, crazy, party/career girl suddenly faced with raising three childred because her (apparently insane) sister "willed" the kids to the party girl instead of her uptight but reliable other sister. We're supposed to find this plausible. We do not. However, let's suppose we suspend that disbelief (surely it's no harder to do than believing Jennifer Garner could go from 13 to 30 in an instant...a far superior movie, by the …
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Kate Hudson wrestles with unlikely motherhood inRaising Helen, a comedy directed with the smooth professionalism of Garry Marshall, the man who brought us such cinematic fairy tales asPretty WomanandThe Princess Diaries. Helen (Hudson,How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) is an adorable hipster whose swift rise up the fashion industry ladder gets sideswiped when she finds herself responsible for raising three children, left in her care by the untimely death of one of her sisters. It's a standard frivolous-girl-grows-up story with an uneven script, but solidly performed by Hudson, John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), ever-sexy Helen Mirren (Calendar Girls), and especially Joan Cusack (In and Out,Addams Family Values), who takes an obnoxious, uptight suburban mom and makes her the movie's emotional core. It's a miracle of acting alchemy; Cusack is one of contemporary comedy's most crucial performers.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Garry Marshall
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Touchstone / Disney
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