Raising Helen

Raising Helen


Reviewed by: David Haviland

Raising Helen is a tedious comedy about a Carrie Bradshaw type, played by Kate Hudson, who is suddenly entrusted with three young children.

The children's parents have just died, but the film largely ignores their tragedy, focussing instead on our heroine's hardships, as she loses her swanky job and is forced to move to Queens.

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The screenplay is by two men, and it shows, as the underlying assumption seems to be that women who have jobs are self-centred career bitches, who might eventually be persuaded to tolerate children.

There are a few funny moments, albeit mostly unintentional. My favourite was the declaration by John Corbett's trendy vicar: "I am sexy. I am a sexy man of God!"

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2004
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Kate Hudson inherits three kids while working in a New York modelling agency.
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Director: Garry Marshall

Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

Starring: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin, Helen Mirren.

Year: 2004

Runtime: 119 minutes

BBFC: PG - Parental Guidance

Country: US


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