A Little Help

2010

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 2857

Synopsis


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Cast

Jenna Fischer as Laura Pehlke
Chris O'Donnell as Bob Pehlke
Kim Coates as Mel Kaminsky
Lynn Cohen as Mrs. Cosolito
720p.BLU
651.50 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
12hr 0 min
P/S 0 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Wuchak 7 / 10

Semi-quirky dramedy with Jenna Fischer

Released in 2010, "A Little Help" stars Jenna Fischer as a nearing-middle-age mother from Long Island whose marriage is troubled and her family overbearing. She turns to smoking, drinking and worse to cope and fill the void. Chris O'Donnell plays her husband (in a small role), Ron Leibman & Lesley Ann Warren play her father and mother, Brooke Smith & Rob Benedict her sister and brother-in-law, and Daniel Yelsky her son.

Some people complain that this movie is depressing because it deals with heavy issues, like adultery, premature death, lawsuits, alcoholism, rebellious children and the like. While this is true, the tone is too quirky and light to regard with dismal seriousness. Some complain that the son is a little too disrespectful and it's infuriating. This is also true, but it's intrinsic to the plot. The film's all about Jenna's character escaping the manipulations of those who take advantage of her and try to control her. Jim Florentine from That Metal Show appears in an amusing sequence that reveals the emptiness of casual sex. The movie's not great, but it's good enough and, despite the amusing aspects, it smacks of real life, not to mention the subtexts are great and Jenna's a cutie.

The film runs 109 minutes and was shot on Long Island, NY.

GRADE: B

Reviewed by kamoconnor 7 / 10

Very enjoyable and real

An enjoyable, down to earth movie about real family relationships and what people do to love and protect their loved ones. It is great to see the filmmaker had the courage to make a movie about real life relationships in all their complexity. This isn't the best movie you will see all year but it will make you think and reflect on your own life and family dynamics. I hope people don't see the score of 5.7 out of ten and discount this little gem. The acting is very good especially the scenes between the main character and her son. The story flows along nicely and the music score is terrific. To top it all off there is even a nice character arc at the end. This movie may not be everyone's cup of tea but it in no way deserves some of the bad reviews on this site.

Reviewed by Sri Rahm 8 / 10

Delightful "slice of life" movie

I don't know the tastes of the average moviegoer who gives this a 5.5 but I got much pleasure from watching this very real movie about real people getting through life--fumbling through life. The director's touch is soft and delicate; the characters are real, three-dimensional, imperfect,vulnerable and lovable.

Yes, I can see how someone could be bored by the movie if they have ADHD and are looking for thrills/tension/resolution. Nothing much happens in the movie and there is no grand resolution at the end, so it won't do well in the box office. But smart and sensitive connoisseurs of psychological movies will appreciate the gentleness of the story.

It really is a movie about family relationships and the subtle tensions and adjustments that happen.If you have soft eyes to gaze at the humanness of ordinary people going through their private pain, compassion for the heart and spirit they show in keeping their head above water and appreciative of a director who is not trying to hit you on the head with a heavy moral message--watch this movie.

I am left feeling wistful and mellow having watched some very real, complex and believable characters. Loved it.

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