Raising Helen

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  114 min.
Release Date: May 28, 2004
DVD: October 12, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 3.32
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Cast: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin, Helen Mirren, Sakina Jaffrey, Kevin Kilner, Felicity Huffman, Paris Hilton

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Helen Harris (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.

Director: Garry Marshall
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Producer(s): David Hoberman, Ashok Amritraj
Screenplay: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Official Site: raisinghelen.movies.go.com

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