Kate Hudson stars in her latest comedy as a young New York socialite who has to grow up really quickly when she must become the mother to her late sister's three children. Raising Helen is nothing new, but it is a surprisingly entertaining little movie.
Hudson made waves in Almost Famous, but since then she has designated herself to fluffy little romantic comedies that really do little to further her career. Since Raising Helen looked the same as her past three movies, there was no surprise this one flopped in theaters. That being said, I also expected this movie to be God-awful, and it really isn't. It is moderately entertaining and occasionally funny. Hudson does a good job in the lead, as does Joan Cusack as her sister. John Corbett is also perfect as a romantic interest.
Amazingly, Raising Helen focuses very little on the romantic aspect of the story, which means that there is no cliché ending where they live happily ever after. Nevertheless, I would have liked to see a bit more of Corbett's character, as he really is the funniest person in the moving.
The movie also does a good job of avoiding the sentimental pitfalls that could have been added in for effect. There is very little crying despite the tragic accident that establishes the overall plot; Raising Helen uses the accident as a means to tell its story, not as the core of the story.
Raising Helen is a lighthearted film that is entertaining from beginning to end. If you don't see it, you won't miss it, but if you see it, you won't regret it. This is one of Kate Hudson's better films, although it will be nice to see her in another genre next year.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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