This is a funny, heartwarming and sometimes heartwrenching tale that I think really gave Kate Hudson a chance to shine.
Helen Harris, a free-spirited, fun-loving and single fashion executive is enjoying being free-spirited, fun-loving and single in New York, with no plans of settling down and definately no plans of having children any time soon. Her only plan is to live life to the full but that is cut short.
Tragedy strikes when her older sister (and her husband) are killed in an accident, leaving three children without parents. Despite Helen isn't the best candidate (and her older living sister would be a better mother), she's given legal guardianship over the kids. Predictably, her whole life is thrown into a downward spiral.
No longer can she afford a chic apartment, nor can she find the time to work insane hours in fashion and her social life comes to a complete halt. Taking care of three kids proves not only physically exhausting, but mentally exhausting and heartwrenching; it all begins to take it's toll. No matter how hard Helen tries, she feels the pressure building that she will never be the perfect mother the kids need.
This film has it all - comedy, weepy bits, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. The supporting cast are great, and the acting of the youngest kid will blow you away.
Definately a film I'd recommend.