Raising Helen (2004, USA) C-119m. *** D: Garry Marshall. Starring Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin, Helen Mirren, Felicity Huffman, Amber Valetta, Paris Hilton, Hector Elizondo. Bittersweet comedy drama about career girl Hudson, who is suddenly confronted with her late sister's wish that she be the guardian for her three children. Saddled with a family (and no boyfriend), she finds life has become extremely hard. Some conventional plot twists, but Hudson is so appealing, she carries the entire film.

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