The Help

The Help

(2011)

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, starring Emma Stone (ZombielandSuperbad) as a young woman who creates a stir in 1960s Mississippi by writing a book that interviews the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent, white southern families.... More

Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer. Uncomfortable with attitudes toward "the help" - especially with Hilly Holbrooks (Bryce Dallas Howard, Spider-Man 3) and her 'Sanitation Initiative' which proposes a bill to provide separate bathrooms for black maids - Skeeter decides to write a book about the black women who have spent their lives raising white children. Afraid of losing their jobs (or worse), the maids are reluctant to talk. But the floodgates open when Aibileen (Viola Davis, Doubt) opens up, and when the powerful Civil Rights movement spreads to Mississippi.Hide

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The Help feels overdone at first, the baddies too evil, the do-gooders too earnest. But as Tate Taylor’s vision of racist 1960s Mississippi emerges, the film’s larger-than-life personality ceases to matter. The Help wears its heart on its sleeve, and history wasn’t comfortable, even as the civil rights movement dawned. It’s a feel-good, revenge-seeking – and yes, shit-eating – satire, the kind that makes you want to shout "go girl!" from the cinema aisle, even if you know what’s coming.... More

It’s also a moralistic tearjerker of the highest order. Courage, doing what’s right, taking a stand for those who don’t have a voice – these are the core themes of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel and they’re adapted in broad, big-budget form here, with Emma Stone as the brave society girl keen to expose the plight of the city’s black maids serving white families. It’s thanks to the film’s leading ladies that the film steers mostly clear of saccharine territory.

Stone regularly lights up the screen in youthful fantasies (Superbad, Easy A) but here she shows she’s capable of depth and maturity. She’s almost shown up however by Viola Davis, as quietly dignified maid Aibileen, the brilliant Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) as sunny outcast Celia, and Bryce Dallas Howard, who puts in a hilarious performance as the film’s villain, Hilly. The Help clocks in at over two hours yet it never lags, and the impact it leaves is of an epic story told with warmth and a sense of intimacy.Hide


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BY adeej superstar

This moving film deals with the reality of racism in Mississippi in the 1960s. Being in the South of the US, Mississippi was one of the states where a clear separation between white and black was very strong for many years - unfortunately way after the Black Civil Rights Movie happened. Sure, the film is fairly predictable, but in the great emancipatory moment, you want to stand up and cheer! It was a really nice touch, though, to not end the film on that moment but to bring the tale back to... More reality. Unfortunately, racism is still rampant in much of the American South, even in the 21st century.Hide


BY Brian1 superstar

not sure about the authenticity, but an enjoyable insight into what was.


BY KatieF superstar

This film is very moving, it really shows you how much society has changed and grown to this present day. Had some very funny moments also, and the casting was perfect. Fantastic movie.


BY morgana1972 superstar

a small piece of the American history as dark as it was, yet a fresh approach of both sides of the white & black community of yesteryear. a good solid cast worth watching


BY PhilMoore superstar

This is a great film about a subject matter that is tough to tangle with, dealing with racism head on. There are some great female performances here. Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis,Jessica Chastain.. basically the whole cast is amazing. The film can having in tears one minute and laughing the next. I highly recommend it


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77% of critics recommend.
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  • Short on style and flashy technique, The Help on film compensates with genuine emotional force. Full Review

  • Taylor's adaptation is a finely crafted distillation of the book; even at two and a half hours it never lags. Full Review

  • The film emphasizes hankie-tugging sisterhood over pricklier issues that continue to divide the races today. Full Review

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