The Help

The Help

The Help

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.

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.

Winner of Best Supporting Actress (Spencer) at the 2012 Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes 2012.
2011Rating: M, contains adult themes146 minsUSA
Drama
65%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The tone lashes excruciatingly between lip-quivering solemnity and crowd-pleasing sass.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If the movie’s director, Tate Taylor, had his way, your tear ducts would be sucked dry by that big finish...

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There is humour, drop dead gorgeous costuming, and plenty of great acting to recommend The Help.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Short on style and flashy technique, The Help on film compensates with genuine emotional force.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The movie exists within an emotionally charged landscape sometimes too starkly black and white — there is no room for ambiguity at this table.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This self-conscious and self-congratulatory portrait of the Jim Crow South does at least contain two magnificent, award-worthy performances.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Shot like an inductee in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame, The Help covers an ugly era in superficial gloss...

0

Very powerful film that made you want to cheer!

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...

4.0
0

Worth watching

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

3.0
0

Moving

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.

4.0
0

we are so lucky for what we have today.

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

4.0
0

The Help

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

4.0
0

yip you gotta see it. Lest we forget.

Certainly worth a watch. Gorgeous characters, characters you wanna throttle. A different take on the whole civil rights movement. Though some have criticised The Help for glossing over the real feel of the time, or not showing horror of what was going, it would have been out of character for this book/ film to do so. And it shows a different type of horror-...

4.0
0

Tissues needed...

I think the whole theatre was laughing and crying at the same time at this film. Well worth the watch, I only wish I had read the book before hand.

5.0
0

Good kind of Help

I dont love Emma Stone as much as Jim Carrey but she is getting very good roles and plays to her strengths. This well written novel adaptation on the big screen warms the heart. Its not so much a "good-night-out" flick, but more a "good-night-in" so you and friends you share it with can discuss it afterwards. Far from movie trash, more...

0

Interesting characters in this movie

This movie shows us what it was like before the civil rights movment in America.It is taken from a novel based around these times.People do enjoy these stories about real life and what it was like.I even heard some Grandma's having a chuckle.Overall an easy going movie.

2.0
0

Loved it!

I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried.....

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The tone lashes excruciatingly between lip-quivering solemnity and crowd-pleasing sass.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If the movie’s director, Tate Taylor, had his way, your tear ducts would be sucked dry by that big finish...

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There is humour, drop dead gorgeous costuming, and plenty of great acting to recommend The Help.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Short on style and flashy technique, The Help on film compensates with genuine emotional force.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The movie exists within an emotionally charged landscape sometimes too starkly black and white — there is no room for ambiguity at this table.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This self-conscious and self-congratulatory portrait of the Jim Crow South does at least contain two magnificent, award-worthy performances.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Shot like an inductee in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame, The Help covers an ugly era in superficial gloss...

0

Very powerful film that made you want to cheer!

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...

4.0
0

Worth watching

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

3.0
0

Moving

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.

4.0
0

we are so lucky for what we have today.

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

4.0
0

The Help

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

4.0
0

yip you gotta see it. Lest we forget.

Certainly worth a watch. Gorgeous characters, characters you wanna throttle. A different take on the whole civil rights movement. Though some have criticised The Help for glossing over the real feel of the time, or not showing horror of what was going, it would have been out of character for this book/ film to do so. And it shows a different type of...

4.0
0

Tissues needed...

I think the whole theatre was laughing and crying at the same time at this film. Well worth the watch, I only wish I had read the book before hand.

5.0
0

Good kind of Help

I dont love Emma Stone as much as Jim Carrey but she is getting very good roles and plays to her strengths. This well written novel adaptation on the big screen warms the heart. Its not so much a "good-night-out" flick, but more a "good-night-in" so you and friends you share it with can discuss it afterwards. Far from movie trash, more...

0

Interesting characters in this movie

This movie shows us what it was like before the civil rights movment in America.It is taken from a novel based around these times.People do enjoy these stories about real life and what it was like.I even heard some Grandma's having a chuckle.Overall an easy going movie.

2.0
0

Loved it!

I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried.....

4.0
0