Little Help, A

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Jenna Fischer, Chris OíDonnell. Comedy/drama. Written & directed by Michael J. Weithorn.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Laura (Jenna Fischer) has gone on her looks and charm most of her life, but it has caused jealousy among some and contempt in others. Suddenly life seems to be coming apart and she has little to cling to. When her cheating husband dies, she finds herself in an ethical dilemma: sue the doctors or lose her home. Meanwhile, her young son, at odds with her mother, has lied to his fellow classmates at his new school, telling them that his dad died in the towers on 9/11. As Laura struggles to stay afloat in this vortex of deception, she finds that the one person with whom she can connect and communicate is, ironically, Kathy's smart and sensitive husband, Paul. Paul had always had feelings for Laura, going back to when they were in high school together - though at the time Laura barely knew he was alive. Now, twenty years later, their respective circumstances begin to draw them powerfully toward each other - despite the obvious complications and dangers that this implies.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I found myself getting involved because itís about something Ė the bending of the truth in order to better oneís life. Films donít really deal much with moral dilemmas of late, so itís refreshing to see film characters wrestling with themes of truth and doing the right thing just because it is the right thing. The performances are strong and the direction tight, keeping the drama lively. But oh my, is there a lot of strife. Arguments, yelling matches complete with obscene and profane language from every member of the family, family discord, and a constant mood of frustration throughout make it difficult to sit through. I keep thinking, donít people have enough problems without going to the movies to feel depressed until the semi-happy ending?

Whatís more, it was sad to view a family completely devoid of spiritual values. Then there is the disrespect for laws concerning the use of pot. And in her frustration, the lead accepts a date and has sex the first and only time they go out.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Freestyle Releasing

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Some crude sexual comments and situations

Obscene Language: Around 35 obscenities, mostly the s- and f-words.

Profanity: A couple profanes uses of Godís name and five or six of Christís.

Violence: No violence, but constant verbal battles.

Sex: One brief but graphic sexual situation that takes place on a first date.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Teen and adult drug use

Other: None

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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