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Raising Helen (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Kate Hudson , John Corbett , Garry Marshall  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
  • Format: 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raising Helen (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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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Academy Award(R) nominee Kate Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, ALMOST FAMOUS, 2000; HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS) lights up the screen with John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) in this hit romantic comedy from the director of THE PRINCESS DIARIES and PRETTY WOMAN! Helen Harris (Hudson) has a glamorous, big-city life ... working for one of New York's hottest modeling agencies. But suddenly her free-spirited life gets turned upside down when she must chose between the life she’s always loved ... and the new loves of her life! Also starring Joan Cusack (IN & OUT), RAISING HELEN is a laugh-filled treat you're sure to fall in love with!

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raising Helen April 4, 2008
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Helen- A Great Movie for the Whole Family November 15, 2004
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected August 28, 2005
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good January 30, 2007
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The hardest thing of all January 22, 2008
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Raising Helen~ February 23, 2005
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming comedy June 17, 2006
Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) is a 20-something-year-old woman who's living the high life in New York City. She has a glamorous job at a modeling agency and enjoys clubbing with her friends and dating hot guys. However, when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in a car accident, Helen finds herself the newly-appointed guardian of her two nieces and nephew.

Obviously, raising three children results in some pretty drastic changes to Helen's lifestyle. Her Manhattan apartment isn't big enough for four people, and the only place Helen can afford is an apartment in Queens. Also, Helen's boss (Helen Mirren) isn't very understanding when the children disrupt a fashion show and deface a popular model with permanent markers, so Helen loses her job and has to settle for working at a used (excuse me...PREVIOUSLY OWNED) car dealership. It's nearly impossible for Helen to maintain any kind of social life with three kids at home, but she does form an unlikely relationship with Pastor Dan (John Corbett), the principal of the kids' school. In addition to all that, there are all the usual stresses that come along with being a mom which Helen has never experienced before. The three kids (Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, and Abigail Breslin) are all adjusting to life without their parents and life with their crazy Aunt Helen, so it's a big adjustment for everyone involved. Plus, Helen's older sister Jenny (Joan Cusack) is miffed that she wasn't asked to serve as guardian of the kids, and she usually doesn't make Helen feel very good about herself.

This is a really cute movie that is also very bittersweet and sentimental. We see the way the deaths of two people profoundly affect every member of their family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A HEARTWARMING STORY!
There are many different emotions moving through this story. It covers so many aspects of a normal person's life, but with one exception. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Judy Sardello
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite chick flick
We love this film - a heartwarming story without nudity, profanity, or dismemberment. I've never been embarrassed to watch it with my kids in the room. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lv2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in perfect condition & when I expected
This was part of a birthday gift and a big hit!!! Thank you for getting it delivered quickly!!! They loved it!
Published 25 days ago by S. Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
The box was in good condition. The disc also was in good condition. Have watched it 2 times without any problems! Great movie.
Published 1 month ago by Sherese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. As described.
Highly recommendable. Product is as described. Movie wise, great movie to watch with family or partner. A must on your collection.
Published 1 month ago by eepaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
The kids are fantastic as is kate hudson..This film is hysterical and funny-a great family film. You must see this film.
Published 2 months ago by Kathlene Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Helen
This is a great movie, with a terrific cast, funny dialogue, wonderful New York scenes and moments,and many heart warming touches.I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by janescribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Helen
Raising Helen starring Kate Hudson tells the story of Helen, a twenty-something advertising executive in New York City that was living the good life until her sister and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for couples!
Great date movie! Will make you laugh and cry but you will come away feeling good about the human spirit.
Published 6 months ago by Bobby Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars review
Enjoyed the movie and if you like light comedy then this one is for you. Nice story line and message.
Published 6 months ago by Lynn M. Lucas
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