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A Little Help (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $96,868Details
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Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke has become tense and loveless - Laura even has suspicions that he's cheating - and her relationship with her 12 year-old son Dennis has become strained as well, his emerging adolescence having turned him typically sullen and hostile. Laura has not been dealing well with all this - she's drinking and smoking too much; her self-esteem and confidence are in free fall. When Bob dies suddenly - the result of a heart abnormality that goes undetected by an ER physician - Laura is a deer in the headlights. Her intrusive mother, Joan and sister, Kathy step in to fill the vacuum - they pressure Laura to send Dennis to an exclusive private school, and force her to hire a ruthless lawyer, Mel Kaminsky, to file a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who misdiagnosed Bob. As a result of these decisions, Laura soon finds herself in the middle of two huge, bizarre lies: at his new school, feeling like a loser and an outsider, Dennis impulsively tells the other kids that his father was a fireman who died in 9/11, then pleads with Laura not to tell people the truth because of the humiliation he would suffer. Laura reluctantly agrees, and soon finds herself a celebrity in the school community - the widow of a 9/11 hero. The second lie involves the malpractice suit, which Laura knows is based on false pretenses - she knows that Bob didn't tell the ER doctor the truth about what he was doing when he had previous heart symptoms, because doing so would have meant revealing the affair. 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.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 22nd, 2011 (Limited) by Freestyle Releasing
Video Release: October 25th, 2011 by Image Entertainment/ThinkFilm
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2156, 1/26/2011)
Running Time: 108 minutes
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Keywords: 9/11, Relationships Gone Wrong, White Collar Crime, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Secret Handshake Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Laura Pehlke

Supporting Cast

Chris O'Donnell    Bob Pehlke
Rob Benedict    Paul Helms
Daniel Yelsky    Dennis Pehlke
Kim Coates    Mel Kaminsky
Brooke Smith    Kathy Helms
Lesley Ann Warren    Joan
Ron Leibman    Warren
Zach Page    Kyle Helms
Arden Myrin    Ms. Gallagher
Jim Florentine    Brian
Sara Kapner    Wendy


Dion DiMucci    Himself


Aida Turturro   

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Production and Technical Credits

Joe Gressis    Producer
Dena Hysell    Producer
Michael J. Weithorn    Producer
Michael J. Weithorn    Screenwriter

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/07/22 47 $44,870   24 $1,870   $44,870 1
2011/07/29 61 $19,360 -57% 24 $807   $88,790 2

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/22 - $12,295   24 $512   $12,295 1
2011/07/23 - $19,309 +57% 24 $805   $31,604 2
2011/07/24 - $13,266 -31% 24 $553   $44,870 3
2011/07/25 - $4,652 -65% 24 $194   $49,522 4
2011/07/26 - $6,198 +33% 24 $258   $55,720 5
2011/07/27 - $5,683 -8% 24 $237   $61,403 6
2011/07/28 - $5,026 -12% 24 $209   $66,429 7
2011/07/29 - $5,210 +4% 24 $217   $71,639 8
2011/07/30 - $7,933 +52% 24 $331   $79,572 9
2011/07/31 - $9,218 +16% 24 $384   $88,790 10
2011/08/01 - $2,369 -74% 24 $99   $91,159 11
2011/08/02 - $2,846 +20% 24 $119   $94,005 12
2011/08/03 - $2,863 +1% 24 $119   $96,868 13

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/07/22 47 $69,430   24 $2,893   $69,430 1
2011/07/29 61 $27,438 -60% 24 $1,143   $93,867 2

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