Raising Helen (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Raising Helen (2004)



Critic Consensus: As shallow and formulaic as a sitcom.

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic issues involving teens)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Begler, Jack Amiel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 2004
Box Office: $37.4M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


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
Emily Anne Hart
as Audrey's Friend
Katie Carr
as Caitlin
Jane Morris
as Landlord
Joe 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 Securit...
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 Mode...
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 B...
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 Wilkin...
as Nilma's Kid No. 1
Jamila Jaffrey Wilki...
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-Fricke...
as Kindergarten Kid
Charlotte Marshall-F...
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 (uncredit...
Pamela Zane
as Renee DeCarlo
Scott Crumly
as Car Washer
Grace Nassar
as New Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Raising Helen

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (39)

[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director.

Full Review… | June 7, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Light drama with some appealing moments.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007

A sort of updated Pretty Woman into homework rather than hooking.

Full Review… | May 21, 2007
Long Island Press

Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle?

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

As far as heartwarming comedies go, this one has all the parts necessary: the heart, the warmth, and the comedy.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Raising Helen


I really hate John Corbett and Kate Hudson together. Is it just me?? He seems way too old for her here and the whole man of God thing had a serious ick factor for me too.
I think if they had have had a different character for the male romantic lead, and cast someone better suited to her, I may have liked this a little more.
There was a not too bad story there otherwise, and some familiar faces in the cast of kids.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

test, test, test, test, test

Anatoliy Dudaev
Anatoliy Dudaev

Super Reviewer

Another great film from Kate Hudson! Heart wrenching yet heart warming at the same time!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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