A LITTLE HELP
Little Movie with a Big Heart
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Starring: Jenna Fischer, Chris
O’Donnell, Lesley Ann
Warren, Ron Liebman, Aida
Turturro, Rob Benedict
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Michael J. Weithorn
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Dena Hysell, Joe Gressis,
Michael J. Weithorn
Writer: Michael J. Weithorn
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Laura knows that her marriage to her workaholic husband, Bob, is unhappy and falling apart slowly. She wants to work on their marriage, but Bob is stubbornly cold towards her and belittles her verbally. Their son idolizes the father, but the father doesn’t have much time for him. When Bob dies suddenly of a heart attack, Laura’s left to wonder if he was having an affair with his secretary. She also has to deal keeping her life from spiraling downward as she deals with her family and in-laws, who are humorously dysfunctional.
The rest of A LITTLE HELP revolves around her attempts to rebuild her life and re-establish her relationships in a healthier way. These relationships include a disastrous date with a potential boyfriend, the complicated friendship she has with her stoner married brother-in-law who has had a crush on her since high school, and her estranged relationship with her chubby, sullen 12-year-old son. The movie is set in 2002 in the aftermath of 9/11, and the plot draws some pathos from a subplot where Laura’s son is so desperate to find meaning in his dad’s unexpected death that he asks her to fabricate a story about his father’s death as a rescuer that day. The consequences of that lie end up being resolved in a subtly emotional ending with a positive reconciliation between the mother and son. The movie also scores some moral points when Laura walks away from the chance of an affair with her brother-in-law.
A LITTLE HELP is a little movie that it has some charming, emotional moments. Including for those who appreciate snappy dialogue, solid acting from a cast of TV veterans eager to show their skills on the big screen, and a mix of laughter and, occasionally, tears. There’s too much foul language, including strong foul language, however. A LITTLE HELP has some other problems, including brief lewd content, light substance abuse, a Romantic worldview overall, and miscellaneous immoral behavior, so extreme caution is advised.
A LITTLE HELP is a little movie with some charming, emotional, uplifting moments. Including for those who appreciate snappy dialogue, solid acting from a cast of TV veterans eager to show their skills on the big screen, and a mix of laughter and, occasionally, tears. However, there’s too much foul language, including strong foul language. A LITTLE HELP has some other problems, including brief lewd content, light substance abuse, a Romantic worldview overall, and miscellaneous immoral behavior, so extreme caution is advised.