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Raising Helen (Widescreen Edition)

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Product Description

A young career woman is suddenly forced into motherhood when the unexpected death of her sister and brother-in-law leave her the guardian of their three children. Now, the woman must cope and make adjustments to her life to accomodate her new responsibilities. Along the way, the kids teach her more about herself than her previous life experiences put together.

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"A wonderfully funny and touching tale with a radiant performance by Kate Hudson." -- David Sheehan, SUMMER MOVIE MAGIC

"Funny & poignant – Great performances from Kate Hudson and Joan Cusack." -- Bill Zwecker, CHICAGO-SUN TIMES

"This sort of film thrives on chemistry, and Hudson and Corbett make it sparkle." -- James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD

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Bloopers From The Set|Deleted Scenes|Liz Phair "Extraordinary" Music Video|Audio Commentary With Director Garry Marshall And The Writers

Product Details

  • Actors: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Helen finds herself in a situation she is not familiar with. After her sister's death, she is given custody of the three children. She has always been the party girl, but now she in the position of being a mom, and has no idea how to do it. This is a good film that touches on many issues. How to deal with loss, and how to raise children being at the forefront. Kate Hudson was well chosen to play Helen. You really get the feeling that she was completely out of her element being an authority figure with the kids.
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Raising Helen is a heartwarming story of an aunt learning how to raise her sister's three children. Starring Kate Hudson, Felicity Hoffman and Sean O'Brian, this will be a movie the whole family will enjoy.

After the unexpected death of her sister and brother in law, Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) finds out that she is now the primary caregiver for her sister's three children. But along with her job, fifteen year old Audrey, ten year old Henry and five year old Sarah are quite a handful. This comes as shocking news and trying to balance her job at a modeling agency and her hot nightlife is more than she can handle. Her other sister, Jenny, an already devoted mother, is unhappy that her sister, Lindsey, didn't leave her with the responsibility of raising her kids. She knows that Helen is not ready for the responsibility of being a mother. She has to help Helen learn the responsibilities of being a mom.

Despite some moments with a defiant teen and some mild profanities, this movie is a romantic comedy and demonstrates how a "family" can include more than just the people who share your genetics. Raising Helen is a heartwarming movie recommended for the whole family.
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A tip: watch Raising Helen the first time by yourself. I bawled at several points during this movie and that surprised me because I usually don't do that. I like how Kate Hudson's Helen grows up during the movie, at first she is career-oriented and likes to party, but she ends up settled at the end. The two younger kids in this movie are adorable and the oldest would cause any parent anxiety. Joan Cusack and John Corbett turn in awesome performances as well, Joan with her trademark subtle humor and John as the sexy pastor of the kids school. One of the funniest parts is the Inter-Faith hockey league (whoever came up with the names was very clever) and Helen's neighbor in Queens (and her baseball bat). All of the characters are well-written and the story really is touching, I felt a connection to all of the characters.
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Parenthood. An adoptive parent once told me that biological parents have 9 months to prepare for a child, often longer. Adoptive parents can hope, but nothing's a done deal til the child arrives.

It's got to be even worse for people who inherit their kids from a family member.

Helen (Katie Holmes) was the go-to girl at her modeling agency if you wanted a model placed at a popular club or a table at a fabulous restaurant. She had it all--a glamorous life in New York City, a great apartment, a fab job--and she was even dating a Ralph Lauren underwear model.

That is, until her sister died and left her three children with her. Helen did have a choice. She could cede the kids to her older sister, Jenny (Joan Cusack) who'd raised her after their mother died. But her sister chose her first so she had to try.

"Raising Helen's" a family friendly comedy about grief and reshaping your family. Mostly the show was typical Gary Marshall fare, which isn't bad, it just may not be to everyone's taste. This film was a rental for me and probably a one-time view.
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This is a VERY sweet movie about a girl who is very into her own life, and enjoys not really growing up. She was like the best aunt, she loved her family, and they loved her! But when a tragic accident occurs, she is left with her sisters 3 kids. She has to learn what is important in life, what matters most, how to be a mom, and how to live with 3 other kids, one that likes the bathroom as much as she does! Its a very sweet, heart-warming movie that anyone can enjoy!
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I love this type of movie, knew I would from the description. A family of three sisters - a fun-loving mom, a dour mom, and a single carefree modeling agent (Hudson). When the fun-loving parents are killed in an accident, the kids are left to...Helen (Kate Hudson) instead of the dour sister with kids. This is the story - how she copes/doesn't cope, how the kids react, how she learns to weigh family, friends, job & find romance in the end.

She (of course) must quit her high-paying job, move to Queens, get a new job (used car sales) & meet Dan, a sexy Lutheran pastor who runs the school where the children attend. The usual chaos ensues along with child-rearing angst (the part we parents love) until an expected happy resolution. Yes, it is trite and totally predictable and soapy and yet it is better than 90% of what is offered today in movie houses. If you want to be entertained for a couple of hours this is the movie to get.
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I was at the Library the other day to pick up a book I had on hold. I always like to walk by the DVD section to see if there is anything good available. Hey, its a free DVD rental!

Well I saw Raising Helen and figured my wife would like to watch it. She really liked How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

I have to admit I really liked it. I was completely surprised. I just figured it would be a silly comedy. Who knew it would involve such tragedy. Maybe I'm just turning into a chick flick kind of guy, but I would recommend this movie for a "feel good" evening.
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