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A Little Help Details


A widowed dental hygienist gets caught up in a pair of elaborate lies while growing increasingly attracted to her smitten brother-in-law in this comedy drama from executive producer Michael J. Weithorn. In the wake of 9/11, Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer) finds her life falling apart. Not only is her husband, Bob (Chris O'Donnell), having an affair, but lately their son, Dennis (Daniel Yelski), has begun displaying all the tell-tale signs of tween rage. Then, just when it seems like things around the Pehlke household couldn't get any more tense, Bob drops dead due to a heart condition that he intentionally kept secret for fear of divulging his extramarital fling. Suddenly, Laura's overbearing mother, Joan (Lesley Ann Warren), and pushy sister, Kathy (Brooke Smith), are insisting she ship Dennis off to private school and sue the hospital where Bob was "misdiagnosed." Meanwhile, after enrolling in a new school, insecure Dennis tells his classmates that his father was a NYC fireman who perished heroically while rescuing people from the Twin Towers. The two lies snowballing as her stress begins to peak, Laura finds that the only person who seems to sympathize with her plight is Kathy's husband, Paul (Rob Benedict), who harbored a major crush on her back in high school, yet barely registered on her radar. Two decades later, Laura finally notices him. Now the closer that Laura and Paul grow, the more apparent it becomes that they both desire more from their relationship than either of them are willing to admit. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:July 22, 2011


Jenna Fischer
as Laura
Chris O'Donnell
as Bob
Kim Coates
as Mel Kaminsky
Lesley Ann Warren
as Joan
Brooke Smith
as Kathy Helms
Aida Turturro
as Nancy Feldman
Rob Benedict
as Paul
Daniel Yelsky
as Dennis
Nadia Dajani
as Angela Behar
Sam McMurray
as Big Bad Dan
Ron Leibman
as Warren
Arden Myrin
as Ms. Gallagher
Lynn Cohen
as Mrs. Cosolito
Shari Albert
as Rhonda
Gracie Bea Lawrence
as Gracie
Jim Florentine
as Brian
Michelle Hurst
as Eileen
Miles Williams
as Christopher
Zach Page
as Kyle
Elaine Kussack
as Sara


Joe Gressis
Tom Harting
Austin Wintory
Composer (Music Score)
Liz Gallacher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Gressis
Kelly McGehee
Production Designer
Glen Trotiner
Associate Producer
Kelley Burney
Set Decorator
Jenny Gering
Costume Designer
Glen Trotiner
First Assistant Director
Russell Boast
Richard Pagano
Antonio Arroyo
Sound Mixer
Betty Chin
Production Coordinator
Sirad Balducci
Line Producer
Michael Reichman
Unit Production Manager
Ande Yung
Department Head Makeup
Jodi Domanic-Riccio
Script Supervisor
Collin Smith
Location Manager
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator