Raising Helen: Beware—Watching this Movie
May Raise Your Sugar Level
by The Blonde and The Maven
Raising Helen is a (very) light romantic comedy
brought to the screen by the notorious king of romantic
comedies, and “happily ever after endings” Garry
Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride). The movie begins
as Helen Harris, played by the overly adorable Kate
Hudson (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Almost Famous and,
as you must know if you live on the planet
Earth, Goldie Hawn’s daughter), a very happy, cool,
super-hip young lady who is having the time of her
life living in Manhattan. Helen is working for a top
modeling agency, going to fashion shows by day
and playing until dawn at the hottest nightclubs.
Her world as she knows it is completely shaken when
Helen receives a phone call telling her that her sister
and brother-in-law died in an auto accident. She later
receives a letter from her sister’s lawyer informing her
that she has been given custody of her sister’s three
children. Helen, who admittedly knows nothing about
raising children, feels that her other sister, played by
Joan Cusack (In and Out, Runaway Bride) is better
qualified to take care of the children. After thinking
it over for just a few moments, Helen decides to take on
the overwhelming task of being a new mom. She realizes
that she has to change her entire life and grow up
quickly. Her lifestyle comes to a screeching halt and
she literally goes from super party-girl to super-mom
over night. Helen surprisingly finds herself falling
deeply in love with all three children, 15-year-old
Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), 10-year-old Henry (Spencer
Breslin), and 5-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin). All
this change and juggling of responsibilities eventually
gets our little pretty fired from her glamorous job. Her
boss, Dominique, is played by Helen Mirren (Calendar
Girls). Aunt Helen arranges to move her newly developed
family to an apartment in Queens. Here she befriends a
handsome, young, local pastor named Dan, played by the
sexy yet innocent John Corbett (Sex and the City, My Big
Fat Greek Wedding). Through it all, Helen comes to
understand how shallow her old life was and learns what
true happiness, fulfillment, and life are all about.
Blonde: Raising Helen was like “The Brady Bunch” meets
Tears of Endearment meets Wind Beneath my
Maven: For those of you who don’t know the blonde
as well as I do, she means the movies, Terms of
Endearment and Beaches.
Whatever! Anyway, if Kate Hudson were any cuter,
I’d get nauseous. She gives new meaning to the word
cute. Okay, did you know that Garry Marshall directed
Kate’s mom and her stepdad (without the marriage), Kurt
Russell, in the movie Overboard? Another bit of trivia:
Garry also used Hector Elizondo (the used car-lot owner
in this movie and the hotel manager in Pretty Woman) in
all of his movies. Okay, I am finished now.
Maven: I too thought Kate was at her sweetest in this
movie. It was also a pleasure for once to see Joan
Cusak being given a chance to portray a balanced,
non-wacky character. However, I felt John Corbett played
the same character he does in all his other movies. I
wonder if he is just being himself and not acting at
all, or if he is just too typecast as the sexy, soft
spoken, kind, tall and lovable guy? I’d like to see John
given the chance to burst out of the cocoon he has been
Blonde: I wish I could cocoon with a guy who
looks and acts like the character John always portrays.
I felt that Lindsay, the sister who died, was absolutely
right to pick Helen to raise her children. Aunt Helen is
fun, gentle and relates more to her children than the
rigid sister, Jenny.
Maven: By the way, just a bit of gossip. Kate found out
that she was pregnant while filming this picture. She
gave birth to a baby boy and is married to Chris
Robinson. Man, what is it about these beautiful
actresseswho marry these plain musicians. For example,
Liv Tyler married Royston Langdon, Pamela Anderson
married Tommy Lee, and Julia Roberts married Lyle
The Blonde: Yeah, and Anna Nicole
Smith married that 91-year-old man.
Maven: He wasn’t a musician!
Blonde: Oh, never mind. But, speaking of Anna
Nicole, doesn’t she look great after loosing all that
Maven: We weren’t speaking about her at all. Back to the
movie. There were times when I felt that Raising Helen
was paced too slowly and dragged. There is a part of me,
however, that thinks Garry Marshall directed it that way
on purpose. It appeared he realized that the camera
loves Kate so much with all her expressions and her
wonderful smile that he might have wanted the viewers to
have the time to just absorb her on-screen
Blonde: I think you’re right. Every once in a while, an
actor comes along with such charisma all their own and
lights up the screen. Kate does have “it”. I have “it”
too, so I can recognize it.
Maven: Uh-huh? Okay! On that note, I rate “it” a sweet
C. You won’t need any candy.
Blonde: I rate Raising Helen a C as well, but disagree
about the candy advice. You just need extra salt on your
popcorn to balance out all the sweetness you’ll get
The Day After Tomorrow:
What a Cold Day it Was
The Day After Tomorrow is an
action-packed adventure, a science fiction thriller. The
film pulls you in, captivates you and grabs your
attention from the moment it starts. It all begins with
a long mumbo-jumbo scientific explanation of how the
world basically is going to come to an end. What it all
boils down to is if the greenhouse effect and global
warming continue at such levels as they are now, there
will be worldwide catastrophe and disaster. These
devastations will include hurricanes, tornadoes,
earthquakes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of
the next ice age. Sounds like fun,
ay? Climatologist Jack Hall, played by Dennis Quaid
(The Alamo, Far From Heaven) is the first to diagnose
that global warming has triggered a rapid and ruinous
shift in the planet’s climate. Although he pleaded with
the government officials that this had become an
emergency situation and to evacuate the whole northern
states, he was ignored. Quaid’s character also goes
through his own trials and tribulations to keep the
story even more interesting, including the rescue of his
son Sam, played by Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, The
Good Girl) who was (unfortunately for him) in New York
City for a scholarship competition when all the
trouble begins. All in all, The Day After Tomorrow is a
fun ride and a true summer special-affects movie.
Blonde: This movie was like Independence Day meets
Armageddon meets Earthquake and Deep Impact. I went to
see The Day After Tomorrow, already expecting to hate
it. I felt it would be totally cliché and a theme that
has been over done one too many times. That’s why I love
the movies, folks, you never really know for sure.
I loved every disastrous scene and enjoyed myself
thoroughly. Let me begin by informing y’all that I had a
horrible day before I went to see this film. First of
all, I broke two nails. Yes, I said two. If that wasn’t
bad enough, my standing facial appointment was cancelled
on me, and I poked my eye with my mascara wand. Then, I
lost my gold necklace and I dropped my cell phone and
broke it. Okay! Therefore, I was ripe and in the mood
for the rest of the world to come to an end too….
Perfect day to see The Day After Tomorrow. Hey
Maven, that kid from Spider-Man, who played the
professor’s son, seems to be in everything now. You
know! What’s his name?
Maven: I think you’re referring to Toby Maguire of
Spider-Man. Sam in this movie is a completely
different person who was not in Spider-Man.
Blonde: Oh yeah, he was!
Maven: Oh no, he wasn’t. But Kirsten Dunst and Jake
Gyllenhaal are dating and she is Spider-Man’s girlfriend
in both Spider-Man 1 and 2.
Never mind…my bad! Proceed.
Maven: Moving right along. One thing I really
liked about the film was its originality. They didn’t
copy all the other disaster movies. It had realistic
expectations to what would actually happen if that
situation occurred. No miracle scenarios to save the
The Blonde: I first realized the plot
of the movie was getting reality serious when the
devastation all started in China, which meant the end to
Chinese food on Sundays as we’ve come to know it. Can
you imagine a world with no more Lo-mein or Wonton soup,
or even extra, extra pork-fried rice? Scary! By the
way, speaking of Meg Ryan…
Maven: We were?
Blonde: I don’t see her with Dennis Quaid. I’m glad she
split. I like her much better with Tom Hanks. They
should get back together.
The Maven: She
was never with Tom Hanks. She only acted with him in
three movies, like Sleepless in Seattle, for
one! Tom is married to Rita Wilson.
Blonde: Oh yeah! Meg was so with Tom!
TheMaven: No she wasn’t!
Blonde: Oh yeah, you’re right. She was with Billy
Maven: No! That was When Harry Met
The Blonde: Who can keep up? Anyway,
back to Quaid. It was ironic that despite all of the
professor’s warnings, our politicians didn't listen.
Even in the movies! I also loved that there was no
real hero saving the world. It gave an unrealistic theme
some validity. I also thought that there was a lot of
poetic justice when Americans fled in droves, illegally
crossing the Mexican border for refuge and safety. What
an interesting political twist. And there are a few
morals to this exciting movie. One is that we are
destroying Earth. So moviegoers, do throw your used
Starbucks cups in the garbage. The other moral is, life
is too short to take for granted. Therefore, buy now.
Collect jewelry, go to the malls regularly and buy
clothes and shoes, travel more, go to restaurants and
movies all the time. Eat bon bons. Stop wasting
valuable time in the gym. Party now. Don’t waist another
second. Life rushes by ever so quickly. Forget about the
boring stuff, have fun before it’s too late. I think
that was what director, Roland Emmmerich (Independence
Day) was trying to get across to the
Maven: Gee, I was thinking more along the lines of
running out to buy fire-wood, thermal underwear, down
jackets, boots, and food rations, okay maybe some
Blonde: That stuff never entered my mind, not for a
Maven: This from the girl who ran out to get gas masks
and duct tape after September 11.
Blonde: Oh, I actually thought it was duck tape I was
Maven: Environmentalists all over the world will like
this movie and the messages that it brings. And I
thought the special effects of all the disaster scenes
were amazing. I enjoyed this film. It kept me on the
edge of my seat and at no time was I ever bored. I
rate this film a B.
Blonde: I liked this movie very much. It was good ‘ole
movie time fun. I suggest non-stop fist full bites of
popcorn, several chocolate candy choices, and real soda.
The morals of the film taught us to throw away the
diets. I rate The Day after Tomorrow a proud B. Go and
have some fun.
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