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A Little Help (2011) 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… 2011-07-22 R PT108M Comedy Drama Jenna Fischer Chris O'Donnell Freestyle Releasing
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A Little Help (2011)

MPAA Rating: R

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Jenna Fischer, A Little Help | HARD TIMES Jenna Fischer in A Little Help
HARD TIMES Jenna Fischer in A Little Help
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Jul 22, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 108 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Jenna Fischer and Chris O'Donnell; Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

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–

Originally posted Jul 20, 2011 Published in issue #1165 Jul 29, 2011 Order article reprints