Image Entertainment has released a free video featurette on iTunes entitled “The Stars of A Little Help”!
Now available for digital download! 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. See Jenna Fischer (The Office) and more in this exclusive featurette about the making of A Little Help.
Click here to download!
We’ve emailed the winners of the “A Little Help” DVD Giveaway! So, check your emails and see if you’ve won!
Congratulations to the winners! We are anxiously awaiting your responses so we can get the DVD’s off to you asap!
Just to remind everyone, Jenna’s film “A Little Help” is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray today! If you haven’t ordered, go to Amazon.com now for HUGE savings! They are currently offering the DVD for $14.99 and the Blu-day for $22.49!
There are also only four hours left (until noon EST) to enter our “A Little Help” DVD Giveaway contest. Enter now before it’s too late! We’ll be contacting contest winners by November 1st, at the latest.
Our “A Little Help” DVD giveaway contest is now open! You can enter by pressing the “Enter To Win” button on the orange banner at the bottom of your screen.
For anyone who does not have a Facebook account, or are having any trouble entering through the widget, please click HERE.
The contest will be open until next Tuesday, October 25th, at noon (EST).
Best of luck to everyone!
Great news, Jenna Fischer fans! The fantastic folks at Image Entertainment have provided us with three copies of “A Little Help” for giveaway! We’ve decided to have a drawing for the giveaway, wherein you’ll simply enter your name a bit of information, and you’re in the draw. We will have a Challenge Question, but, we know you guys will have no trouble answering it!
1. The contest will be taking entrees right here on simplyjennafischer.com from noon (EST) on Tuesday October 18th, to noon (EST) on Tuesday October 25th. The winners will be selected and contacted shortly after.
2. The contest is open to United States and Canada residents only. We’re so sorry to everyone else, but due to legalities, and the region format of the DVD, making this contest worldwide wasn’t a feasible option.
3. All entrants must be 13 years of age or older.
4. Only one entry per person, please.
I think that’s everything I needed to mention. Again, the contest will be opened up at noon on Tuesday, so be sure to check back then to enter!
Also, we’ve opened up comments for the first time in months (we’ve had a lot of spam issues!), so please leave a comment letting us know what you think!
According to Strategic Film Partners, “A Little Help” is now available for viewing On Demand. You can check out the following website for further details on services: Link.
The film is available On Demand now through December 8th.
And don’t forget that the film is also coming out on DVD and BluRay on October 25th, and is available for pre-order through Amazon: Link.
Jenna’s film “A Little Help” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 25th. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon!
Pre-order on DVD
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“A Little Help” is opening TODAY in 15 more theatres across the U.S. Be sure to check it out if you’re close to any of the following venues:
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
Cinemas Palme D’Or 7
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sundance Cinemas Kabuki 8
Open Plaza Cinemas 4
CineArts 5 Pleasant Hill
Century 14 Theatre
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Movies @ Lake Worth
AMC South Barrington 30
AMC Boston Commons 19
Uptown Entertainment Birmingham 8
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
Grapevine Mills 30 Theatres
Grand Prairie 10
Regal Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 Cinemas
AMC Shirlington 7
Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert has given a glowing review to “A Little Help”!
A Little Help” is about a woman who is very far from perfect, and that’s why it’s appealing. Laura limps through her days using Budweisers as a crutch. She never gets falling-over drunk, just buzzed enough to screw up when things go wrong, which they do relentlessly. I like her. I’ve had days like hers. Every once in a while, I appreciate a change of pace from mothers who are brave heroines.
Laura is a New Jersey dental hygienist, played by Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) in such a way that although the plot is loaded against her, she’s so real she wins our sympathy. She’s not a bad person. Life piles up on her. She has a husband (Chris O’Donnell) who cheats, a son (Daniel Yelsky) who is a lying little brat, a mother (Lesley Ann Warren) who has been criticizing her from birth, a father (Ron Leibman) who won’t shut up about his greatness as a sports writer, and a sister (Brooke Smith) who isn’t as pretty but is oh, so much better organized.
There are two men in her family she can stand: Her brother-in-law (Rob Benedict), and her nephew (Zach Page), whose garage band may be an excuse to get out of the house.
These people almost seem to coordinate their picking on Laura. Someone is always on her case. The screenplay by Michael J. Weithorn, who also directed, is ingenious in setting the stage for one calamity after another — one which should remain a surprise, and the others all developing inexorably out of Laura’s tendency to fib her way out of a corner. This is a talent shared by her son, who to fit in at his new school, shares that his father was a fireman who died while saving people on 9/11. Since the movie is set only a year after that tragedy, the kid is rewarded with instant popularity; Laura keeps quiet about his lie and actually participates in a patriotic memorial service at the school.
If you’re in for a dime, you’re in for a dollar. Laura gets in for about five bucks. Money she doesn’t have — because she learns her husband, who suddenly dies, was far from provident. This leads to painful sessions with a salivating litigator (Kim Coates), who thinks she could win a big-time lawsuit. She only agrees to meet the guy in the first place because her controlling sister insists on it. Laura doesn’t like lawsuits. I agree. You may win, you may lose, but the lawyers on both sides always get paid.
I haven’t given a good enough notion of why “A Little Help” worked so well for me. It’s manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations. It has a bittersweet revelation when the brother-in-law confides he only married Laura’s hateful sister so he could be… her brother-in-law. There is a day of crisis at her son’s school, which Laura tries desperately to head off, and I was with her all the way.
And mostly I just plain like Jenna Fischer. She plays a woman who is smart, plucky, trying to do the right thing, and going through a period when every damn thing goes wrong. She deserves better. We believe that, and it’s why the movie succeeds. Yes, she could be a better mother for little Dennis, her brat. But he’s going through one of those phases when a kid idolizes one parent and pretends to hate the other. Something like that gets on your nerves.