A Little Help

2010 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

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A Little Help

2010 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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After the sudden death of her husband, a Long Island dental hygienist finds herself caught up in a couple of giant lies and begins to feel drawn to her sister's husband as she tries to negotiate life and finances for herself and her 12-year-old son.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this indie drama (with comedy elements) about a troubled mom whose husband suddenly dies is filled with bad behavior and doesn't really have any positive role modeling. The main character's 12-year-old son spreads a huge lie, and she allows it. There's also a lot of arguing, sometimes between the mother and son. She drinks quite often -- sometimes vodka, but mostly beer (her beer of choice, Budweiser, is often displayed on screen) -- and there are hints that she has a drinking problem. She also smokes cigarettes, and a teen and a secondary adult character smoke pot. Language is strong, including "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," and "c--t." There's no nudity, but expect some implied/off-screen sex and sexual innuendo. Teen fans of star Jenna Fischer's TV show The Office may be interested, but despite the fact that there's a prominent preteen character, this one is geared for adults.

Sexual Content

In an early scene, the main character moves off screen to give her husband oral sex. Later, she goes on a date and has some terrible-looking sex on a couch, though there's no nudity. She's also seen kissing her brother-in-law. Some innuendo. A death is caused by heart strain brought on by sexual activity.


Lots of shouting and arguing between various adult family members, most notably between a mother and her 12-year-old son (they say "you suck" and "shut up" to each other). A character dies suddenly in iffy (though not graphic) circumstances.


Strong but not constant language includes several uses of "f--k" and "t-ts," as well as "c--t," "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," "Jesus," "crap," "balls," "twat," "bitch," and "a--hole."

Social Behavior

In a world where people are obsessed with work and money and no one is very admirable, the main character -- a sad dental hygienist/single mother -- is a perpetual doormat who tries to take out her sadness and frustration with various vices (drinking, cigarettes, smoking pot, and sex). She lies and treats her son fairly inappropriately, though viewers are asked to believe that she continues to learn and try.


The main character drinks a lot -- and it's always Budweiser beer. The brand is never mentioned aloud but is shown many times. She also drinks a Super Big Gulp and Absolut Vodka. Other brands include Skippy peanut butter and an Apple iBook computer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A teen smokes pot in one scene. The main character drinks beer quite often (and vodka in one scene), but though there's some discussion of her "drinking problem," she's not shown to be an alcoholic. She also smokes cigarettes (and lies about them). A secondary character smokes pot in several scenes. Other characters are seen drinking lots of liquor at a funeral.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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