Raising Helen

BBB

(out of 5)


Surprisingly likeable comedy-drama stars  as Helen, a go-getting glamorous employee of a fashion model agency, whose life is turned right around by the death of her sister and brother-in-law. The deceased leave behind three young children who need a parent, and in their will leave Helen in charge instead of their more motherly sister Jenny (). The decision ends up costing Helen her job, social life and apartment in Manhattan, but what she gains is a new appreciation for her own life as well as a sense of grown-up responsibility that is completely new to her. She even drops her supermodel boyfriends for romance with a kindly Lutheran pastor (, everybody’s favourite movie boyfriend). There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before, but Hudson gives a grounded performance that never allows director Garry Marshall’s more emotionally manipulative storytelling to take over, leaving you with a pleasant experience that features some very touching moments. The kids do a good job despite the fact that they’re so obviously movie kids, and there’s even a supporting performance by the ever-fascinating  as Hudson’s boss. Also look out for a cameo by cameo queen , that period’s healthiest reminder that being rich and popular doesn’t necessarily equal being interesting.


Touchstone Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Mandeville Films, High Arc Productions

USA, 2004

Directed by 

Story by , , Screenplay by

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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