Raising Helen

Character: Helen Harris

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Written by: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

Produced by: Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman

Cast Members: John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Helen Mirren

Released date: May 28, 2004

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Duration: 1h 59min

Single and self-involved, Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) has a thriving fashion career and a lavish lifestyle in New York City. Helen is shocked to hear that her sister and brother-in-law have died in an accident, and alarmed that they have named her the guardian of their three kids (Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin). As the children struggle with the change, Helen has to decide whether she'll cling to her old ways or come to terms with her new family role.


• Helen help us.


• Kate Hudson was pregnant during part of the filming. Near the end of the movie, she subconsciously touches her midriff as she walks.

Character’s quotes

• You wanna know what I’ve been doing at home? I’ve been doing the best I can. Do you have any idea what this has done to my life?
• Hey, Pastor Dan? Mr. Self-righteous? I’m hanging on by a thread here. I lost my sister, my social life, my disposable income, my ability to fit into a size 2, and – this just in – my job. Pretty much the only two things that haven’t disappeared are my nicotine fits and a few pounds that have recently taken up residence on my ass. So forgive me if I’m not too thrilled about being lectured, in Queens, about being a lousy legal guardian to three kids who maybe shouldn’t have been given to me in the first place.

Script developed by Never Enough Design