A Little Help doesn't dazzle, and you can pick at its parts, but Fischer's performance gives the movie a sense of romantic weariness that lingers. Life is a series of disasters to be weathered, no matter how cute you are.
I saw this movie in 1967 at a movie theatre in Chicago. Loved it as a child and enjoyed it all over again but this time from an adult perspective. Filled with some great actors that make this movie generational. My sixteen year old son also enjoyed watching for the 1st time. If you enjoy older movies without all the violence and profanity than this is one you can enjoy with the whole family.
The crimer suffers from a slim, underdeveloped script by Lem Dobbs (who also write Kafka), but benefits from Soderbergh's astute direction that posits two 1960s cinematic icons, Brit Terrence Stamp and American Peter Fonda as long-time enemies.
Despite a star cast (Nick Nolte, Emily Watson), Rudolph's comedy-mystery is a minor, trivial film that tries to be whimsical but lacks humor or fresh angle on the Hollywood's cherished genres of noir and screwball.