"Little Movie with a Big Heart"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(RoRo, B, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong Romantic worldview with some light morally uplifting elements; at least 51 obscenities and profanities (including 15 or so “f” words); light, brief comic or slapstick violence; briefly depicted fornication, woman wonders if dead husband had an affair and married man has long-time crush on his dead brother’s widow; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; mother smokes and hides her cigarettes from others plus implied marijuana use; and, bad father, son treats mother rudely throughout much of the movie but they eventually reconcile, family bickering throughout for humorous effect, temptation, and lying that’s not fully resolved positively.
A LITTLE HELP is a character-based comedy about a confused woman, a mother and dental hygienist named Laura, who tries to rebuild her life after the sudden death of her workaholic husband.
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.