Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Chris O'Donnell in A Little Help
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 her son.
Thirtysomething Laura has always enjoyed the wind at her back, by virtue of her good looks and exuberant, winning personality. But lately, things have taken some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless – Laura even suspects that he’s been cheating – and her previously close relationship with her 12 year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) has become strained as he enters adolescence. With little to sustain her outside of these two problematic relationships, Laura finds herself slipping into the habits of her happier, party-girl days… having just one more beer than she should (and then another one after that); lying about whose cigarette is sitting in the ashtray of her car. Belittled by her husband and her intrusive mother Joan (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister Kathy (Brooke Smith), she’s only just beginning to realize how truly lost she is.