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In this heartwarming comedy from director Garry Marshall (Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries), Helen Harris (Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson) is living the life she always dreamed of. Her career at a top Manhattan modeling agency 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 soon finds herself responsible for her sister's children -- 15-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), 10-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and 5-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin). No one doubts that Helen is the coolest aunt in New York, but what does this glamour girl know about raising kids? The fun begins as Helen goes through the transformation from super hip to super mom, but she quickly finds that dancing at 3 a.m. doesn't mix with getting kids to school on time - advice that Helen's older sister, Jenny (Joan Cusack), is only too quick to dish out. Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual place -- with Dan Parker (John Corbett), 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.
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[RAISI] | 2004 | 114 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (Raising Helen)
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GARRY MARSHALL is a prolific producer, director, and writer of film, television, and theater. As a director, he has two films this year: Tribeca Film Festival Gala Premiere Raising Helen and The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Marshall directed Pretty Woman, the highest-grossing film of 1990, the comedy hit Runaway Bride, as well as Frankie & Johnny and Beaches, among others. Marshall has created and executive-produced some of the most celebrated and award-winning sitcoms in television history, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, and Mork and Mindy. He began his career as a writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar, moving on to write for such television classics as The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, and Love American Style. Marshall has been the recipient of such prestigious honors as the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Producers Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award (Television). His autobiography, Wake Me When It's Funny, written with his daughter Lori, was published in 1995 and he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1997. Marshall's television series and films have helped to launch the careers of such performers as Robin Williams, his sister Penny Marshall, Jason Alexander, Henry Winkler, and Anne Hathaway.