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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Fischer ... Laura Pehlke
Jay Klaitz ... Patient
Daniel Yelsky ... Dennis Pehlke
Brooke Smith ... Kathy Helms
Chris O'Donnell ... Bob Pehlke
Rob Benedict ... Paul Helms
Zach Page ... Kyle Helms
Ron Leibman ... Warren Dunning
Lesley Ann Warren ... Joan Dunning
Sara Kapner ... Wendy Helms
James Rebhorn ... Dr. Bronstein
Michelle Hurst ... Eileen
Matt Oberg ... Minister
Douglas Lipman Douglas Lipman ... Doug
Carla Briscoe ... Kristen
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Storyline

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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Ever have one of those lives?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malo pomoći See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,870, 24 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,789, 31 July 2011
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Color

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16 : 9
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Parrot: Rinse please!
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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If You Want To Rock And Roll
Written by Dion DiMucci
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) and Zach Page
Licensed courtesy of Bronx Soul Music, Inc.
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A Little Help was a very real and ultimately uplifting surprise
9 March 2011 | by Valerio95See all my reviews

My wife and I very much enjoyed this unpretentious film at the San Jose Cinequest Film Festival. It certainly blends comedy and drama very well, and the story line flows very smoothly. Well-delivered humor kept the audience laughing evenly throughout the story, which complimented the more somber and poignant moments. The actors, many of whom are recognizable from television and the big screen all added to the believability of the story. While I sat there and thought "I am glad this is not my family's story," I, nevertheless, could relate and was drawn to the characters and their trials. There was a certain sweetness about this story that made Laura's (Jenna Fischer) life ultimately redeeming, and ultimately a pleasant surprise to this reviewer.


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