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A Little Help (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 July 2011 (USA)
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A woman gets entangled in a series of bizarre lies in order to take care of herself and her 12 year old son.

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Dental hygienist Laura Pehlke's marriage has become sexless and dysfunctional. Because she drinks and smokes too much and has let her appearance go, she suspects her husband is cheating on her. When he suddenly dies, she finds herself being buckling to her controlling sister and mother who push her into initiating a lawsuit she doesn't want to pursue against her husband's doctor and sending her introverted, troubled son to an elite private school he doesn't want to attend. Things get more complicated when she finds her son has told classmates his father is a dead 9-11 hero, and her brother-in-law confesses he's always loved her, not her sister. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Ever have one of those lives?

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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$44,870 (USA) (22 July 2011)

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$85,789 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.176 (2011) See more »

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Down In A Hole (You've Got To Stop Digging)
Words and Music by Jakob Dylan
Performed by Jakob Dylan
Recorded and Mixed by Jason Lader
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Jenna Fischer Shines in Ensemble Cast
26 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This indie dramedy casts cutie-pie Jenna Fischer (of TV's "The Office") as Laura, a woman suffering from a variety of problems—dead-end marriage, unappreciative son, bitchy sister, condescending mom—that no amount of beer and cigarettes can make go away. Then things take a turn for the worse. The movie is about how lies infect the soul—how they grow, like a cancer, and end up spoiling life. There are impressive turns by Ron Liebman and Lesley Ann Warren as Laura's parents, and Kim Coates as a calculating attorney—the embodiment of Satanic dishonesty, he might as well have been carrying a trident. "A Little Help" may not wind up in a lot of the year's Top 10 lists, but I found myself caring about the characters, warts and all. (For once, Fischer is photographed in a way that is not particularly attractive). A winning effort by first-time feature writer/director Michael J. Weithorn.


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