A Little Help 2010 R

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Laura, a Long Island dental hygienist, sneaks cigarettes and pounds back beers to cope with her unfaithful husband, overbearing family, and a brother-in-law, who's loved her since high school. Her life really spins out of control when her husband suddenly dies. Laura's going to need a little help to settle into a normal life...or a lot more beer!

Starring:
Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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A Little Help

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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Drama
Director Michael J. Weithorn
Starring Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell
Supporting actors Daniel Yelsky, Brooke Smith, Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict, Zach Page, Ron Leibman, Lesley Ann Warren, Sara Kapner, James Rebhorn, Michelle Hurst, Matt Oberg, Douglas Lipman, Carla Briscoe, Elaine Kussack, Sam McMurray, Kim Coates, Brandon Perler, Miles Williams
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Maybe, everyday life sucks & watching it drag on in a movie is not an enjoyable thing.
Francis Boring
When Bob suddenly dies, Laura is faced with the task of putting her life back together, both for her and her son.
A kids review
The film boasts a great supporting cast as well as a quirky script with excellent direction.
The Movie Guy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Splaine Jr. on July 23, 2011
A young woman is having multiple issues in her life. Her husband may be cheating on her, she is not close to her son, and she has a jealous sister. After the husband dies of a heart attack, monetary issues become a concern. This is a very well done drama, with characters that were engaging and who bring real-life drama to a film that is attention-grabbing throughout. There are no dull moments, as this movie brings different challenging scenarios for the protagonist. The film is carried very well by an outstanding Jenna Fischer. Don't miss this gem.
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"What's a cooler way to die, 9/11 or a arrhythmia thing?" Laura (Fischer) and Bob (O'Donnell) have a strained marriage. Bob works all the time and Laura drinks a lot. Their 12 year old son is stuck in the middle but prefers the dad. After an argument leads to Bob's death, Laura is left to figure out how to raise her son and support her family. This is a movie that is very different from the preview. The preview makes it look like a comedy, while there are some funny parts this is more of a drama. That said this is one fantastic movie. Watching each character deal with the situation is great to watch. There are parts that you laugh at that you feel like you shouldn't. This is also one of the best mother-son bonding movies I have ever seen, and there are scenes with her family that will make you mad. The fact that you have these feeling marks the sign of a good movie. This is one of the biggest surprise movies of the year. You expect one thing, it's another, but an absolutely fantastic movie to watch. Overall, an extremely entertaining and enjoyable movie to watch that won't disappoint. I give it an A.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee on November 25, 2012
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Other reviews have already covered much more ground than I intend. For those of you, like me, who had an interest in this film based on the preview, this review is for you. I was led to A Little Help by two things: Jenna Fischer and the trailer. Fischer delivered what I expected of her and was a pleasure to watch, but the film didn't come close to delivering on the promise of the trailer. I anticipated a pick-me-up--something heartwarming, if not entirely lighthearted. What I got was a string of agonizing relationships and choices, discordant families, and people full of regret, their flaws on display for the world (and not in a celebratory way). This is a movie about crisis, and while I found it engaging and worth watching, it was also emotionally exhausting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ADRIENNE MILLER on March 20, 2013
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A Little Help starring Jenna Fischer is a strange but interesting little film. Fischer's performance is what saves this film, she is so believable as Laura, a woman who's husband has died and her son makes up a lie about how his father died to his classmates to impress them. Laura is rough-around-the-edges, she's high-strung, she's neurotic, and can't make sense out of her chaotic life. This film isn't for everyone, no fairytale ending but I did enjoy this film. Who knew Jenna Fischer was such an amazing actress!?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on October 29, 2011
Format: DVD
I was hooked by the opening scene of Laura (Jenna Fischer) playing a dental hygienist. She is pretending everything is fine while she complains to her patient that her husband has one lone fault: he uses waxed floss. Clearly her life is not together as she is late picking up her porky 12 year old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) from camp while extinguishing the Marlboro Light she gave up a year ago. He clearly prefers dad (Chris O'Donnell) who frequently must work late, to being with his mom.

Jenna drowns her life, which really isn't that bad, into a Budweiser product placement (later replaced by Absolut Vodka) and lies to her mother (Lesley Ann Warren who has aged gracefully) about her life. While sad, it is done in a manner that we must laugh. When Chris dies from an "anxiety" attack brought on by Laura's sudden sexual demand, Laura goes to work the morning of the day of the funeral because it isn't until three o'clock. When Laura is at home, there are times when a dog is barking in the background. It is cleverly symbolic of her tension level.

The movie has some quick dry dark comedy wit:

At the funeral Paul is talking to a woman while opening a bottle of wine:
Paul: This is my second funeral this year, my dad died earlier.
Woman: Oh I'm so sorry.
Paul: Don't be. It was for the best.
Woman: Was he sick?
Paul.: No

Dennis goes to a new school and has the "opportunity to make new friends" as the new fat kid in school. Things don't work out too well until he tells the kids his dad died "in 9-11."

Meanwhile Laura is sent to a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice lawsuits. Just when you think the movie is going to turn sad and dramatic,like so many indies going down the road of ruin, it doesn't.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Adams on November 23, 2011
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The reviews already here describe the plot/s, so I'll write what sticks (for me) afterward. Six of us watching came away with several takes on what the movie is about. My take: a big standing O to the writer and director for getting inside the words and frustrations, sadness and M.O. of a preteen boy (Dennis, played by Daniel Yelsky) marginalized in his own home just enough for it to be apparent to him but not enough for real help to be called in.

A few favorite moments, in no particular order:

- Very awful to see the mother Laura (Jenna Fischer) outside son Dennis's bedroom accepting the marginalization of her own self. Not understanding that Not Owning her motherhood is part of why her son is so mad at her. This movie is understated and personal.

- Laura's husband (Chris O'Donnell) has just had some kind of cardiac event. They are at the ER. As of that day he knows she knows he's been fooling around with some missy from his office. ER doctor asks if he had been having sexual relations the last time he experienced these symptoms. It's a loaded question, given the day's discovery. Laura's livid, but in an impotent way (her fury leaks out small cracks that sometimes split open); he's being vague. He minimizes her response to the doctor. She counters (paraphrasing) "I was only trying to answer a sexual intercourse question", like we all answer sexual intercourse questions regularly and that's all she was trying to do then. Like "I was only trying to help". Said it in such a great way. Perfect and funny line and awful moment. And just how these things go in real life.

- The photo scene with her father (Ron Liebman), near the end. He's so absorbed in himself the rest of the time, you think, aha, a moment of humanity; he really does care.
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