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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

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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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

Language:

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:

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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I'm Lucky
Written by Celeigh Chapman (as Céleigh Chapman) and Austin Wintory
Performed by Celeigh Chapman (as Céleigh Chapman) and Roger Manning
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Great little movie
21 May 2010 | by Matthew LankfordSee all my reviews

Saw this tonight at the Seattle International Film Festival. I was not expecting such a good movie. The writing and performances had the full house laughing throughout. This is definitely a "dramedy" though. A lot of touching moments between Jenna Fischer's character and Daniel Yelsky, as well as Jenna and Rob Benedict. I expect this film to do quite well once it picks up a distributor. If I had to compare it to other films, James L. Brooks better films came to mind, as well as PT Anderson -- mostly because of the superb casting and writing. I wouldn't change a thing about this movie. I almost forgot to mention the new songs by Jakob Dylan that fit the movie so well. I'm still going to see another 15 or so movies at SIFF, but I fear I have already seen the best film that will screen at the festival.


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