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Raising Helen: More than your usual romantic mush!
Raising Helen (DVD)
Member Name: bethan-bean
Raising Helen (DVD)
Advantages: Light-hearted chick flick with added depth and comedy!
Disadvantages: Nothing really!
I love chick flicks. There is no denying it - The occassional bit of girly mind melting fluff really does go down a treat - and for many people, thats exactly what Raising Helen will look like; Romantic interests, adorable children and plenty of antics... But, in fact, it is so much more than this...
Raising Helen is a Touchstone Picture, from the writers of Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall (you know you're in for a treat) and runs at about 114 minutes. Rated PG, with supposed mild sex and language references, I would say it is fine for pretty much the entire family - and pretty much the entire family will enjoy it!
Raising Helen follows Helen Harris (played by Kate Hudson) whose glamourous lifestyle and job would be the envy of every would be fashionista career woman, brought down to earth when those late night outs and parties galour are demolished with the death of her sister - and he rather unexpected named guardianship of her three kids...
The plot (although I won't give too much away) is centered around Helen and how she adapts to having these three kids, who go through the angst and rebellion you would anticipate from recently orphaned kids, whilst juggling her high-powered job, romantic interests from an... unusual source... and accomodating her new family. Throw into the mix a disgruntled, super-mum sister who doesn't understand the new arrangements, and the transition from the cool-aunt to the new-mum is certainly one to entertain and delight.
However, never fear, even for the men out there this is far more than just a cheesy chick flick, the depth of relationships, romance and warm fuzzy moments are balanced out by some genuine comedy and laughter - it really is an adventure to watch!
The stars of the show, are, of course, the stars. Kate Hudson is a delight to watch in the leading role, balancing the blonde glamourous career women with stressed-out new single parent perfectly, and she generates a real rapport with the kids throughout the movie. Similarly, John Corbett as the leading male, 'Pastor Dan', is as charming and real as ever - and I defy any women not to feel even slightly warmed by the genuine feel of him. The rest of the cast don't fail to disappoint either, with Joan Cusack playing the rather more uptight sister perfectly, her performance is a real credit to her, whilst the children - Hayden Panettiere (also seen in Heroes) as the hormone-fuelled teenage rebellion, giving a lovely performance, and creating a real relationship with Spencer (in many movies such as the Santa Claus movies) and Abigail Breslin (whos become a star in her own right, for example in Little Miss Sunshine) - real life siblings who play the younger two children, Henry and Sarah. All three generate outstanding performances, creating a real sense of childhood and perfectly complimenting the older cast! Helen Mirren also stars, as the boss and, as always delights!
Not only are the cast a delight to watch, all delivering outstanding performances and make the movie a very enjoyable watch for all the family!
The DVD itself boasts the usual features - Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Commentary and a Music Video, and the cover shows Kate Hudson (as Helen) with the leading man - John Corbett.
All in all, this is a delightful movie - just enough fluff to be lighthearted, but it does, at moment, really shed light on some serious moments and issues! I would certainly recommend this movie as a step away from gushing romances into a mood where romance is important, but motherhood and family are key!
Summary: Reall shows the value of family!