Keith Staskiewicz
July 21, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Little Help

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/22/11
performer
Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell
director
Michael J. Weithorn
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
author
Michael J. Weithorn
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an B-

It’s the summer after 9/11, and suburbia sails calmly on. Laura (The Office‘s Jenna Fischer) is a dental hygienist with a drinking not-quite-a-problem and an uneasy marriage. When her husband (Chris O’Donnell) dies suddenly of carnally induced heart trouble, she is forced to take the rudder of her adrift life, navigating her way through a malpractice suit, meddling relatives, and a little big lie her son tells his classmates. Fischer’s performance is sweet and subtle, but the film can be so understated in tone and plot that it’s hard to tell if it’s actually saying anything. B?

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