Raising Helen is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. It stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer and his sister Abigail Breslin and Helen Mirren. It grossed $37,486,138 in its domestic box office.
Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) is very successful in the fashion industry and has a nice Manhattan lifestyle which keeps her extremely occupied and content. Helen's world suddenly changes when her sister Lindsay (Felicity Huffman) and brother in law Paul (Sean O'Bryan) die in a car accident.
Helen and her other sister Jenny (Joan Cusack) are in shock when they hear Lindsay & Paul left Helen in charge of their three kids: 15-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), 10-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and five-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin). Convinced she can raise the kids and maintain her already fast-paced schedule, Helen quickly finds herself burnt out and disheartened by her responsibilities and Jenny's lack of faith.
Despite her already hectic schedule, however, Helen finds the time to develop a genuine affection for her new dependents, as well as an equally genuine attraction to Dan Parker (John Corbett), the kids' school principal and local Lutheran pastor. Eventually, Helen realizes she can't balance the two lives, and is faced with a difficult decision, her fashion career or her nieces and nephew.
Pastor Dan Parker: I'm a sexy man of God, and I know it.
Helen Harris: ...Father.
Pastor Dan Parker: Pastor.
Helen Harris: ...Father Pastor.
Pastor Dan Parker: Pastor Parker.
Helen Harris: Henry, we have to go, stop brushing your teeth! They're gonna fall out.
|Release Date||1 May 2004|
|US Box Office||$38,000,000|
|Tagline||Helen help us.|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Filming Locations||Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York, USA|
|Sound Mix||DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS|
|Film Class||Domestic Comedy, Romantic Comedy|
|Niche Genre||Comedy Drama|
|Themes||Opposites Attract, Fish Out of Water, Orphans|
|Tones||Humorous, Light, Sweet, Heartwarming|