Raising Helen (2004)
Picking up where the feature film of the same title leaves off, comedy follows a young Manhattanite as she struggles to balance her new hard-won job at a modeling agency with raising her recently orphaned nephew and nieces.
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Critic Reviews for Raising Helen
[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director.
This ode to the most stifling aspects of family and motherhood make you feel like the hicks have all uprooted themselves and moved into the front office at Touchstone.
Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson.
Even those who seek the undemanding entertainment of life troubles being bravely dealt with might end up wishing they were given more than just sitcom resolutions.
There's no real conflict, and the screenplay sometimes approaches idiocy.
Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
Yet another social fable about women in distress from Gary Marshall with no foundation in any reality and a mannered, irritating performance from Kate Hudson.
Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle?
As far as heartwarming comedies go, this one has all the parts necessary: the heart, the warmth, and the comedy.
...a drippy, maudlin, melodramatic, semi-romantic, sometimes comedy.
Tries to tell in excruciating detail the stories of at least six characters, but succeeds in showing us they are only cardboard cutouts.
The latest urban fairy tale from Pretty Woman's Marshall sees the director continue his descent into underwritten schmaltz at the expense of genuine wit and warmth.
Truly means well but, as box office goes, is too condescending and pre-fab to mean very much.
All the adorability in the world can't save Hudson from another plug-ugly comedy.
Rich with clichés, predictability, and happily ever afters, the story never ever leaves its comfort zone to challenge the characters and their relationships, to create tension or conflict, or to throw in the proverbial plot twist.
Isn?t the best film from Garry Marshall, nor is it the best performance from Kate Hudson, but it certainly is the best they?ve done in a while.
Raising Helen can best be described as Jersey Girl with better acting. The idea isn't that interesting, but at least the people involved seem more committed.
Although Raising Helen boasts a charming cast with a cute factor that's off the cinematic Richter scale, typical Hollywood predictability rears its ugly head too often.
Audience Reviews for Raising Helen
Another money vehicle for Kate Hudson, only Joan Cusack makes it any level of watchable. Full review later.More
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