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A Little Help [Blu-ray] (2010)

Jenna Fischer , Chris O'Donnell , Michael J. Weithorn  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict, Jim Florentine, Kim Coates
  • Directors: Michael J. Weithorn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Little Help [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Jenna Fischer (TV's The Office) gives "a game-changing performance" (The New York Post) in this irresistible and offbeat award-winning comedy set in 2002. Laura, a Long Island dental hygienist, sneaks cigarettes and pounds back beers to cope with her unfaithful husband (Chris O'Donnell, Scent of a Woman), overbearing family, and a brother-in-law (Rob Benedict, Supernatural), who’s loved her since high school. Her life really spins out of control when her husband suddenly dies and her 12-year-old son (Daniel Yelsky) tells an outrageous lie at school to impress his new classmates. Laura’s going to need a little help to settle into a normal life…or a lot more beer! Academy Award-nominee Lesley Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria), Ron Leibman (Norma Rae) and Brooke Smith (Silence of the Lambs) costar in this " highly entertaining and richly human movie experience" (Box Office) from the creator of King of Queens.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific drama! 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting . . . November 25, 2012
By Lee
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Laura. March 20, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO! October 29, 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Even my teenage boys loved it. November 23, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great movie! Didn't stream well for me at all - terribly difficult to watch.
Published 29 days ago by jld
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it would be a better movie than it was
She is such a cutie, I thought it would be a better movie than it was.
Published 3 months ago by G. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad things continue to happen
Grueling. Didn't finish it. Girl down on her luck. Bad things continue to happen. Woe is me.
Published 3 months ago by L. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing self-awakening tale
Most of the actors here are pretty good in this small indie that centers on the relationship between sisters and their husbands after one of them dies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brad Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars very cute and enlightening
cute movie , I love the relationship between mother and son. Jenna plays the character well.I would watch the movie again.
Published 9 months ago by LoriPittsburgh
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather frustrating movie
Laura's life is already pretty depressing as she deals with a cheating husband and crazy family. But then her husband dies suddenly and she is left trying to take care of her son... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars a little help
This movie is so unique, it is funny, but serious and you don't want it to end. loved it, glad I got the cd, so I can watch it again and again.
Published 16 months ago by Diana Schlegel
3.0 out of 5 stars Jenna Fischer is fantastic in a very stupid movie
The only thing good about this movie is Jenna Fischer, and she's very, very good. Otherwise, the acting is mediocre at best and the story, dialog and direction are pretty bad. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
Someone recommended this to me. Wish I never got it; it was so bad I threw it in the trash and I love my movie collection.
Published 21 months ago by Janine M. Skavnak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Everybody has their own opinion. For me, this is a very good movie. I tend to favor movies based on true stories. But there are only so many of those out there. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Birddog
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