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Directed by Garry Marshall, Raising Helen revolves around Helen Harris (Kate Hudson), whose successful fashion career and decadent Manhattan lifestyle are plenty in terms of keeping her occupied and content. Helen's days as a socialite are brought to a swift end, however, when she is informed not only of the death of her sister and brother-in-law, but of the decision to leave their three children in her care. Being one of New York's hippest matters little to 15-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), ten-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and five-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin), who would much rather have their parents back. Convinced she can raise the kids and maintain her already fast-paced schedule, Helen quickly finds herself burnt out and disheartened by her older sister's (Joan Cusack) lack of faith. Despite her already hectic schedule, however, Helen finds the time to develop a genuine affection for her new dependents, as well as an equally genuine attraction to Pastor Don Parker (John Corbett), the kids' school principal and local pastor. Eventually, Helen realizes she can't balance the two lives, and is faced with a difficult decision: Does she live her old dreams or take a chance on a new one? ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:May 28, 2004


Kate Hudson
as Helen Harris
John Corbett
as Pastor Don Parker
Joan Cusack
as Jenny Portman
Hector Elizondo
as Mickey Massey
Helen Mirren
as Dominique
Hayden Panettiere
as Audrey Davis
Spencer Breslin
as Henry Davis
Abigail Breslin
as Sarah Davis
Sakina Jaffrey
as Nilma Prasad
Kevin Kilner
as Ed Portman
Felicity Huffman
as Lindsay Davis
Sean O'Bryan
as Paul Davis
Paris Hilton
as Amber
Amber Valletta
as Martina
Paris Hilton
as Amber


Garry Marshall
Ashok Amritraj
David Hoberman
Jack Amiel
Michael Begler
Charles Minsky
John Debney
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Green
Tara Timpone
Steven Jordan
Production Designer
Bill Hiney
Art Director
Todd Lieberman
Karen Stirgwolt
David Scharf
Associate Producer
Ellen H. Schwartz
Executive Producer
Mario Iscovich
Executive Producer
Gary Jones
Costume Designer
Suzette Sheets
Set Decorator
Thomas D. Causey
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen H. Schwartz
First Assistant Director
Mali Finn
Scott Marshall
Second Unit Director
Beth Rigazio
Short Story Author