Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Kate Hudson, Joan Cusack, John Corbett,
RunTime: 1 hr 58 mins
Released By: Buena Vista International
Date: 9 September 2004
(Courtesy from Buena Vista International) :
Helen Harris (HUDSON) is living the life she always dreamed
of. Her career at a top Manhattan modeling agency, working
for Dominique (HELEN MIRREN), is on the rise; she spends her
days at fashion shows and her nights at the city’s hottest
clubs. But her carefree lifestyle comes to a screeching halt
when one phone call changes everything. Helen soon finds herself
responsible for her sister’s children – 15-year-old
Audrey (HAYDEN PANETTIERE), 10-year-old Henry (SPENCER BRESLIN),
and 5-year-old Sarah (ABIGAIL BRESLIN). The fun begins as
Helen goes through the transformation from super hip to super
mom. No one doubts that Helen is the coolest aunt in New York,
but what does this glamour girl know about raising kids? She
quickly finds that dancing at 3 a.m. doesn’t mix with
getting kids to school on time – advice that Helen’s
older sister, Jenny (JOAN CUSACK), is only too quick to dish
out. Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual
place – with Dan Parker (JOHN CORBETT), the handsome
young pastor and principal of the kids’ new school –
and realizes the choice she has to make is between the life
she’s always loved and the new loves of her life.
Choice. Sacrifice. Destiny. Those words are not meant solely
for our heroic creepy-crawler, but also to all mums in the
I watched this movie, I must admit that I had assumed Helen
to be one problem child in the movie and Kate Hudson may be
in for a hard time trying to raise Helen. Thus the name "Raising
Helen". Another old Hollywood trick again! But I was
(Kate Hudson) is in fact a career "super-woman".
She is so successful in her trade of managing celebrities-models
that she seem to be an indispensable asset to a top Manhattan
modeling agency, working for Dominique (HELEN MIRREN). However,
her carefree life of fashion and dance came to the red light
deceased eldest sister's children were entrusted to her. The
new chores of getting the kids wash up, ensuring their daily
meals, finding them a new school had proven to be more tedious
than satisfying any demanding models. When the new role of
a "super-mum" almost overruns Helen, the realization
of the real intention of her deceased sister makes her determined
to get her "job" done. Through the process, she
found fresh meanings to life and also found true love with
the most unlikely candidate, Dan Parker (JOHN CORBETT), a
handsome young pastor and principal of the
kids' new school!
am glad that Kate Hudson was placed in the role as Helen Harris.
Her natural-born capability of delivering comedy with added
drama had practically charm every scene in this movie. Another
commendable performer is Academy Award® nominated actress,
Joan Cusack, who starred as Kate's older sister, Jenny. Her
seamless portrayal of an unpopular mum is equally detestable
and loveable! She really reminds me of those mums who had
sweat and toiled around the house, minding what seem to most
us (lazy children) very trivial house chores.
the movie is both a hilarious and satisfying ride although
the typical storyline of "growing up" with children
had been overused. However, this familiar "motherly-love"
formula sure tinkles the hearts of many. It reminds me again
much sacrifice our mama has went through. Life as a mother
is indeed a difficult journey. But, like what the movie had
portrayed, this journey is definitely rewarding.
for everything, mama!