A Little Help

Release June 24, 2011 (Limited)
Cast Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Brooke Smith
Director Michael J. Weithorn
Writer Michael J. Weithorn
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio Freestyle Releasing and Secret Handshake Entertainment
Length 108 mins.
Website ALittleHelpTheMovie.com


Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless – Laura even has suspicions that he’s cheating – and her relationship with her 12 year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) has become strained as well, his emerging adolescence having turned him typically sullen and hostile. Laura has not been dealing well with all this – she’s drinking and smoking too much; her self-esteem and confidence are in free fall.

When Bob dies suddenly Laura is a deer in the headlights. Her intrusive mother, Joan (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister, Kathy (Brooke Smith) step in to fill the vacuum – they pressure Laura to send Dennis to an exclusive private school, and force her to hire a ruthless lawyer, Mel Kaminsky (Kim Coates), to file a malpractice lawsuit.

As Laura struggles to stay afloat in a vortex of deception, she finds that the one person with whom she can connect and communicate with is, ironically, Kathy’s husband Paul (Rob Benedict) as their respective circumstances begin to draw them powerfully toward each other – despite the obvious complications and dangers that this implies.

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