Raising Helen

2004

Raising Helen

Critics Consensus

As shallow and formulaic as a sitcom.

25%

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Total Count: 132

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 137,296
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Movie Info

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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Cast

Kate Hudson
as Helen Harris
John Corbett
as Pastor Dan Parker
Joan Cusack
as Jenny Portman
Hayden Panettiere
as Audrey Davis
Spencer Breslin
as Henry Davis
Abigail Breslin
as Sarah Davis
Helen Mirren
as Dominique
Sakina Jaffrey
as Nilma Prasad
Kevin Kilner
as Ed Portman
Felicity Huffman
as Lindsay Davis
Sean O'Bryan
as Paul Davis
Katie Carr
as Caitlin
Jane Morris
as Landlord
Joseph Mazzello
as Prom Date Peter
Catherine Tayrien
as Jasmine Portman
Evan Sabara
as Oliver Portman
Wesley Horton
as Gary Hagelnick
Bernie Hiller
as Jean Paul
Shanda Renee
as Intern Mary
Shannon Wilcox
as Photographer
Matthew Walker
as Fashion Show Security
Kelli Clendion
as Fashion Show Model
Jacki Tenerelli
as Fashion Show Model
Erinn Bartlett
as Fashion Show Model
Tonje Larsgard
as Fashion Show Model
Daru Kawalkowski
as Martina's Agent
Alec Nemser
as Hippo Waiter
James Hanlon
as Restaurant Maitre'd
Anthony Mangano
as Club Doorman
Ellen H. Schwartz
as Club Line Girl
Joseph Leo Bwarie
as Club Bartender
Sarina Ranftl
as Devon's Friend
Marvin Braverman
as Hot Dog Vendor Aaron
Rio Hackford
as Brunch Maitre'd
Joy Rosenthal
as Brunch Waitress
Isadora O'Boto
as Brunch Patron
Karina Calabro
as Brunch Waitress
Matias Masucci
as Karaoke MC
Julie Schubert
as Karaoke Bartender
Tracy Reiner
as Job Interviewer
Marilyn Mason
as Job Interviewer
Steve Totland
as Job Interviewer
Dr. Eric J. Olson
as Job Interviewer
Catherine McCord
as Lola Model
Micky Hoogen
as Make-Up Trailer Model
Julie Paris
as Real Estate Woman
Peggy Crosby
as Mourner
Ronny Hallin
as Mourner
Steve Nave
as Mourner
Ron Rogge
as Mourner
Terry Brown
as Neighbor
Bob Jacobs
as Bridge Chair Guy
Artie Sax
as Bridge Chair Guy
Alan Thicke
as Hockey Cantor
Gary Jones
as Hockey Ref `Scotty Buttons'
Mark DeCarlo
as Hockey Rabbi
Joe Unitas
as Hockey Announcer
Charles Guardino
as News Vendor
Steve Restivo
as Motel Manager
Lisa Roberts Gillan
as Zoo Reporter
Jared F. Brown
as Zoo Tour Guide
Cassius Kumar Wilkinson
as Nilma's Kid No. 1
Jamila Jaffrey Wilkinson
as Nilma's Kid No. 2
Kathleen Marshall
as Mrs. LaGambina
Tom Hines
as Pastor Wells
David Scharf
as Prom DJ
Ira Glick
as Basketball Referee
Lauri LaBeau
as Basketball Coach
Cassie Rowell
as Basketball Nurse
Gwenda Perez
as Basketball Parent
Spencer Perez
as Basketball Student
Brady Woods
as Audrey's Friend
Erik Bragg
as Audrey's Friend
Emily Hart
as Audrey's Friend
Claudia Vázquez
as Audrey's Friend
Joie Shettler
as Vesper's Mom
Lori Marshall
as Brownie Mom
Lily Marshall-Fricker
as Kindergarten Kid
Blake Ewing
as Church Choir
Sterling Jennings
as Church Choir
Pamela Kilroy
as Church Choir
Daniel Cathers
as Church Choir
Jenna Reni Zuccari
as Church Choir
Dedzidi Ladzekpo
as Church Choir
Allison Norton
as Church Choir
Kelly Durban
as Church Choir
Sarah Hahn
as Church Choir
Emily Alonso
as Church Choir
Michael Ullerick
as Church Choir
Aaron Anderson
as Church Choir
Josiah Bartel
as Mark Vogel
Hector Elizondo
as Mr. Massey (uncredited)
Pamela Zane
as Renee DeCarlo
Scott Crumly
as Car Washer
Grace Nassar
as New Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Raising Helen

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Audience Reviews for Raising Helen

  • Nov 22, 2011
    Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) is living the high life in New York City and working for a top-modeling agency, when her sister and brother-in-law die in an auto accident. Her good times are over when she gets a letter from her sister's attorney. Helen has been given custody of her sister's three children. Helen has never raised any children, and she thinks her older sister, Jenny (Joan Cusack) is better qualified to raise the children. Helen accepts the custody of the three children, and they move to a new apartment in Queens. Helen loved staying out late and going to nightclubs, but she now has to take care of the children. Helen is forced to change her lifestyle and become a real mom, which in turn gets her fired from her glamorous job. In the end, Helen learns what is really important in life. This is a heartwarming and cute comedy that will make you tear up. It is the type of movie that your girlfriend or wife will drag her mate to see.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    test, test, test, test, test
    Anatoliy D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Another great film from Kate Hudson! Heart wrenching yet heart warming at the same time!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2010
    Modeling agency executive and party chick Helen (Kate Hudson) is chosen as legal guardian of her deceased sister's three children. One of whom is adolescent Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), who seems bent on shacking up with a bad kid which turns out to be a bit more than Helen can handle as we watch her struggle to juggle her social life, her job, and now her sister's children. The movie supports strong invasive parenthood and adolescent responsibility and the importance of loving family bonds is featured well. Helen finally finds the strength to be a parent; the ending is fairly predictable, but there are some real-life lessons to be learnt. Helen Mirren makes the most of her role as Helen's ice like boss and rest of the supporting cast made this an enjoyable watch.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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