A Little Help

Synopsis: Dental hygienist Laura Pehlke's marriage has become sexless and dysfunctional. Because she drinks and smokes too much and has let her appearance go, she suspects her husband is cheating on her. When he suddenly dies, she finds herself buckling in to her controlling sister and mother who push her into initiating a lawsuit she doesn't want to pursue against her husband's doctor and sending her introverted, troubled son to an elite private school he doesn't want to attend. Things get more complicated when she finds her son has told classmates his father is a dead 9-11 hero, and her brother-in-law confesses he's always loved her, not her sister. Laura needs "a little help" to deal with her life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael J. Weithorn
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

(Parrot screeching)

Rinse please!

Hi! I'm Laura.

Sorry I'm late.


I saw you last time

you were here, right?

Uh, no, maybe

a year or two ago.

Listen, I need to be

at work by...

Don't worry, I'm gonna

get you all polished up

and out of here in no time.

Open up.

(Parrot screeches)

(Drops tool)


Rinse please!

Don't Rinse!

I wasn't going to.

Here, just gonna get

another one of these.

Rinse please!

Shut up!

Okay, open up.

So, any teeth problems?

(Somewhat garbled) Uh, just a

little sensitive to cold sometimes.

To coal?

No, cold.

Oh. I was gonna say...

Flossing regularly?

Oh, yeah. Uh-huh.


Just don't use that

super-waxy stuff.

I try to tell my husband

that, but he just...

ignores me.

He's, um...

I mean, he's great.


you know... great.

It's just the flossing thing,


But, I mean, I should

really say something, right?

There's so much...

wax on that stuff.

It doesn't scrape

any of the...

(Chokes up)

The plaque?

Rinse please!


(Children chattering)

# You're down in a hole

and you gotta stop diggin' #

# You're down in a hole #

Man on radio:
And the Dow Jones

dropped a whopping 3% today...

Closing at its lowest level

thus far for 2002.

In local news...

Mayor Mike Bloomberg will hold

a news conference tomorrow

to discuss the city's plans

for commemorating

the first anniversary

of the terrorist attacks

of last September 11th.

Though it's been

over ten months since

the World Trade Center Twin Towers

were destroyed in those attacks

cleanup is expected to continue right

up until the ceremonies begin.

WCLX news time

is 3:


# Raise your hands up #

# I know you got 'em #


# Down to the bottom #

# Raise your hands #

Denny! Dennis!

# I know you got 'em #

Whoa! Ugh!

Hi, honey!

# I'm walkin' in the rain #

# Tears are fallin'

and I feel a pain #

Man on radio:

# Wishin' you were here by me #

# to end this misery #

Dad was supposed

to pick me up.

Yeah, he had

to work late again.


I don't know.

How was camp?

I saw a girl's tit.

Ooh. How was it?

"How was it?"

I don't know, I just...

She jumped into the pool and her

bathing suit came down for a second.

Besides, she's only eleven,

it wasn't much of a tit.

Still, it's something.

I thought he wasn't going

to work so much this summer.

- Who?

- Dad.

I thought you were gonna start

doing fulltime at the dentist

so he wouldn't have

to work so much.

What happened to that?

I, I haven't...

What's that smell?

What? That's from

like a year ago.

God, you are such

a liar, mom!

Hey. Hey, ow!

Ow! Come on!

That's illegal, you know!

# Wishing you were

here by me #

# to end this misery #

Hey, wanna sing along

to the radio like we used to?

Open the windows!

(Dog barking)

(Continues barking)


(Dog continues barking)

(Phone rings)

I'll get it!




Oh, hi, aunt Kathy.

Fine. Yeah, hold on.


What happened?


The phone dropped.

Did you get my message?


About tonight? The barbecue

for the twins' birthday?

Oh, yeah.

Well, gee, thanks so much

for the call back, Laurie.

Don't start. I'm begging you.

But you're all coming, right?

Um, yeah.

When is it?


(Phone rings)



I'm almost home.

My sister and Paul

are having a barbecue.

We have to go.

What? Laura, I'm exhausted.

We have to go. Otherwise,

it's a whole thing.

What is it with these people

and barbecues?

I mean, do they own

a f***ing cattle ranch?

We're leaving now,

so see you there.

No, no, wait, all right?

I'm literally pulling into...


(Tires screech)


Hi, dad.

Hey, buddy.

# And how could it be

my valentine #

# Okay, let's go #



That's my favorite part!

It's a hit, though!

It's a hit!

Totally vibin'

on this right now! Ow!


(Music continues)

- Stop it!

- Stop what?

Stop encouraging him.

Who, Kyle? He's good!

Oh, I'm sorry, maybe he's not up

to your standards. He's no Seal.

That's not funny.

He actually told me the other day

he doesn't want to go to college.

Congratulations, I know that's

what you're secretly hoping for.

What, I am not...

Okay, first of all,

college is expensive.

Maybe it's not for him.

Anyway, shouldn't it

be his decision?

No! He's an idiot!

So are most

professional musicians.

Have you ever heard Keith

Richards speak? Have you?

- All right, whatever...

- Okay, I rest my case.

Did you even light

the grill yet?

There's nobody here.

My parents are here, and Laura and

Bob and Dennis are on their way.

Would you just cooperate with

me one time in your life?

Just once,

as a novelty.

And what is wrong

with Seal?

He happens to be

a genius.

The face thing is weird,

I don't know...

Okay, boys, time to stop now!


Stop please!

(Music continues)

Rehearsal's over, honey.

Help your father

light the grill and set up.

# You get down on the world #

# The world

get down on you, too #

# You get down on the world #

# The world

get down on you, too #

# It'll meet you halfway #

# About the most it'll do #

# You get down on the world #

# The world

gets down on you, too #

# You're down in a hole

and you gotta stop diggin' #

# You're down in a hole

and you gotta stop diggin' #

- Nice shot, bro.

- Thanks.


Wendy, that is way

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Michael J. Weithorn

Michael J. Weithorn (born December 17, 1956 in Queens, New York) is an American writer, director, and producer known for his works including the long-running series The King of Queens. more…

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