Raising Helen

2006-03-30 12:35

Helen Harris is living the life she always dreamed of. Her career at a top Manhattan modeling agency, working for Dominique, 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 suddenly finds herself responsible for her sister's children - 15-year-old Audrey, 10-year-old Henry, and 5-year-old Sarah.

Now Helen must go 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 partying until 3 a.m. doesn't mix with getting kids to school on time - advice that Helen's older sister, Jenny, is only too quick to dish out.

Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual place - with Dan Parker, 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.

What the critics are saying:

"Simply, this isn't funny enough or dramatic enough, leaving Raising Helen to sink like a stone."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi Film

"Jumps back and forth between airy-fairy romantic comedy and leaden family drama with the alacrity of a manic-depressive."
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"At two hours, Raising Helen feels like it's never going to end, and, when the obligatory all-is-forgiven finale finally arrives, it's a welcome relief."
- James Berardinelli, Reelviews

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Lorna Ziervogel 2004/08/26 9:18 AM
Raising Helen Relaxing, even if it caused me to be tearful many a time. It was wonderful to watch a movie without too much swearing or violence!
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