Raising Helen

Raising Helen is a 2004 American comedydrama film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. It stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, siblings Spencer and Abigail Breslin, with Helen Mirren. It grossed 37,486,138 in its domestic box office.

Helen and Jenny are in shock when they hear Lindsay and Paul left Helen in charge of their three kids 15yearold Audrey Hayden Panettiere, 10yearold Henry Spencer Breslin, and fiveyearold Sarah Abigail Breslin. Nobody expected Helen to be named guardian of the children especially since Jenny was already a super mom with two children and a third on the way. But a letter left to Helen by Lindsay convinces her that she can take care of the children. And Helen decides to do it on her own terms, which means raising the children and maintaining her already fastpaced schedule. But as work and children begin to interfere, Helen quickly finds herself burnt out and disheartened by her responsibilities and Jennys lack of faith in her parenting.Despite her already hectic schedule, Helen finds the time to develop a genuine affection for her new dependents, as well as an equally genuine attraction to Dan Parker John Corbett, the kids school principal and local Lutheran pastor. Busy trying to appease the children and adjust to suddenly being a mom, Helens concentration on her job begins to slip and she is fired from Dominique Helen Mirren. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, she is forced to become a receptionist at a car dealership. Things begin to look better for her as she bonds with the children and their sexy principal, and finally begins to get the hang of being a mom. But Audrey, struggling to come to terms with her parents death, begins falling in with the wrong crowd and dating the wrong kind of guy. When she disappears from the school prom with her new boyfriend BZ to go find a motel, Helen is forced to call in Jenny as back up to search all over New York in order to find Audrey. Unable to confront Audrey and risk the girls hatred, once they track her down, Helen turns the parenting reins over to Jenny. This makes Helen realize that she isnt cut out to be a parent and so she turns the children over into Jennys custody. ........

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