A Little Help
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It's a movie for everyone whose life has been thrown off-course, out of whack, or simply not turned out the way they planned it. In other words, it's a movie for everyone, period. Set in suburban Long Island in the summer of 2002, with the psychic wounds of 9/11 still fresh, A Little Help is a story that takes a comic, searching and profoundly empathetic look at a few pivotal months in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer)-an ordinary woman whose life suddenly flies off the rails-and her heroic efforts to re-establish a sense of security and normalcy for herself and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"The next chapter in Laura's story might be something worth rooting for, but here's hoping she has a different writer penning her lines."
‑ John DeFore, Washington Post
"This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer gives one of the smarter, more honest - and vulnerable, and tough - performances by an actress on the big screen in an even longer stretch."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A misguided dopey little vanity project that's harmless, but inert."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Though the movie can't possibly wrap up all its dramatic threads in any realistic manner, the way it abruptly leaves off is just as dissatisfying."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"For a movie without much on its mind, A Little Help is impressively determined in its downward spiral, with only the minimum uplift to prevent audiences from walking straight out of the theater and into oncoming traffic."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
"A Little Help doesn't dazzle, and you can pick at its parts, but Fischer's performance gives the movie a sense of romantic weariness that lingers. Life is a series of disasters to be weathered, no matter how cute you are."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's not that Jenna Fischer is miscast in "A Little Help.'' It's that she's mis-everything else: misused, misdirected, misanthropic."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An odd duck of a period piece dramedy, a wonderfully detailed character-study set on Long Island a year after the 9/11 attacks.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"O'Donnell's character isn't the only relative that we and Fischer's Laura come to resent (although she at least finds opportunities to sneak away for cigarette and beer breaks)."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Despite the best efforts by Jenna Fischer playing against type as a smoking, drinking newly-single mother, A Little Help is a mess."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"The film suffers from an uncertain tone, playing serious situations for laughs while supplying Laura with a drinking habit and a hair-trigger temper that come across as problems rather than endearing foibles."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
""A Little Help" settles for familiar and modest payoffs. It's not much. Yet Fischer clearly relishes the chance to play someone who's a demurely reckless mess."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...a well-intentioned yet misguided piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Jenna Fischer shows off her dramatic chops but her downer film is a bit aimless."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Sweetly cast, but the dramatic material doesn't play and the film overall never quite convincingly locates a singular tone or point of focus that would kick it up and make it recommendation-worthy."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
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