Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Little Help

Jenna Fischer stars in a festival indie dramedy as a dental hygienist who's having marital problems with her husband, played by Chris O'Donnell.  He's been working an awful lot lately and she suspects he's been having an affair.

It's a been a big couple of weeks for the cast of 'The Office'.  Steve Carell does a magnificent job in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' which opened yesterday, and Creed Bratton (who plays Creed) is well cast in 'Terri' which is opening slowly around the country.  And now Fischer gets her first leading role, and she does a great job.  She's very likeable and is a natural on the big screen.  But she's just too attractive and too 'together' to play someone who's husband doesn't find her as desirable and in control of things as she used to be.  In that respect I think she was miscast here.  But the role showcases her potential, and she's the best part of the movie and undoubtedly more watchable than someone who's a better fit for the role.  So I more than forgive the casting.

There's a lot to like here.  The entire cast is strong and the movie keeps your interest.  But ultimately it doesn't really go anywhere that interesting.  If you found yourself in the theater watching it, you'd be adequately entertained.  But I wouldn't go out of your way.

Grade: B

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