Raising Helen (2004)

“I am only available between eight thirty and nine in the morning because I have a life.” – Landlord

Number of Times Seen – Twice (16 Jun 2009 and 2 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After her sister is killed in a car accident, an aspiring designer must raise her two nieces and nephews.

My Take on it – Fun romance film that works much better than one might expect.

Kate Hudson does a wonderful job in the lead role and manages all  three of the ‘hats’ that she must play really well.

She can be the career woman, the ‘mother’ and the romantic interest and makes us believe that this character is able to juggle all three jobs at the same time.

She has great chemistry with John Corbett and the courting between them feels fresh and original due to each of their backgrounds.

The supporting cast is also great with a young Hayden Panettiere playing the rebellious teen and Joan Cusack and Felicity Huffman playing Hudson’s sisters.

Helen Mirren is also fun as her boss and the two other kids are played by real life siblings Abigail and Spencer Breslin.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While filming, director Garry Marshall kept referring to Kate Hudson as “Goldie”. He had worked with Hudson’s mother Goldie Hawn on Overboard (1987) and kept getting the name wrong, as he said they looked and acted so much alike. The actress was a good sport about it, but the crew put up a box for Marshall to pay five dollars for every time he called her by the wrong name. By the end of the shoot, the money in the box provided for a lavish party, thrown by Hudson for the entire crew. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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