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Raising Helen Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Hudson's sunny, ringlet-tossing appeal fits snugly into the film's happy-homemaker ideology: She makes caring for three kids she barely knows look downright glamorous.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Marshall's predilection for romantic fairy tales is much in evidence, though the comedy registers in a lower key than it did in such hits as "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Light drama with some appealing moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language. Characters drink and smoke. Helen's smoking, imitated by one of the children, is evidence of her carefree lifestyle; we see her wearing a nicotine patch after she has to begin to be more responsible. Similarly, as the fun aunt she approves of a fake ID for an underage girl; as the parent, she does not. And before she has the children, she has casual sex, but afterward she is ready for a more complete relationship. An underage couple plan to have sex but are stopped in time. Some members of the audience will find the movie's portrayal of public school to be unfair. A strength of the movie is friendship between diverse characters.

  • Families can talk about how they think about plans to care for children in case of tragedy. Why did the children's parents choose Helen instead of Jenny?

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense and sad moments.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke and drink.