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Can the Power of Jenna Fischer's Cuteness Redeem A Little Help?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 24, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 24, 2011 |

A quirky comedy starring Jenna Fischer from Fox Searchlight typically would make the propeller on my hat spin, and I’m not ruling out the possibility that there’s more to A Little Help than evident in this trailer. But it looks slightly amateurish, like it’d come on a DVD box with a Sharpie-written cover. The cast, too, is of the bargain-basement variety, not that I don’t have some affection for many of them: Richard in “Felicity,” Rachel Green’s Dad in “Friends,” Tig in “Sons of Anarchy,” that lady that was in “Weeds,” Janice Soprano, a kid who looks like the kid on “Three and a Half Men” but he’s not, and of course, Dick Grayson from Batman and Robin (is Chris O’Donnell even capable of playing a cad?). Honestly, I’m happiest to see Rob Benedict in a substantive role.

It’s the feature directorial debut of Michael J. Weithorn, a television producer and writer on “Family Ties” and “King of Queens,” among several other television shows, and the sense of humor in the trailer veers toward 90’s sitcom style.

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