A Little Help [Blu-ray]
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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As happens pretty often with these small independent works, I loved this film. Like a lot of the comparable ones I'm thinking of--Little Miss Sunshine, Rachel Getting Married, The... Read morePublished 4 months ago by michael myers
Jenna Fischer shines in this film, I would watch it again for sure! Rob Benedict's performance is stellar, one of my favorite actors!Published 6 months ago by Rebekah
I'm surprised how good A Little Help was. Unfortunately I fell into a deep sleep immediately after it was over, and when I woke up to write a review the next day I almost... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bryan
Released in 2010, “A Little Help” stars Jenna Fischer as a nearing-middle-age mother from Long Island whose marriage is troubled and her family overbearing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wuchak
As much as I like Jenna Fischer as Pam in The Office I really wanted to like this movie.It started out good & I thought I was going to like it but towards the middle it began to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by brody manson
Jenna Fischer does a pretty decent acting job in this one, the main problem though is that there isn't a story to tell with this one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James N Simpson
Great movie! Didn't stream well for me at all - terribly difficult to watch.Published 16 months ago by jld
She is such a cutie, I thought it would be a better movie than it was.Published 19 months ago by G. Smith
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