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A Little Help (2010)

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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 buckling in 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. Laura needs "a little help" to deal with her life. Written by duke1029

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

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$44,870, 24 July 2011, Limited Release

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$85,789, 31 July 2011
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Parrot: Rinse please!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Help You
Music by Louden Swain
Lyrics by Rob Benedict
Performed by Louden Swain
Courtesy of 3 Car Wreckords
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Jenna Fischer is fantastic in a very stupid movie
21 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

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. Only Fischer's perfect performance in a ridiculous movie makes it worth watching.

It IS a comedy, by the way, despite what some online reviewers have said. It just doesn't work as a comedy, or as a drama, or as anything else... except as a vehicle for Fischer's unique gift for playing likable, thoroughly and consistently entertaining losers, who also are totally believable human beings - not by any means an easy feat. She's almost a female Woody Allen, except she's not an obnoxious, whining, passive-aggressive, self-aggrandizing pervert.


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