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The Help

The Help

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Categories:Types, Reviews, Film
Published by: Duncan on Mar 15, 2012
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 Film Review
 By Duncan L. Dieterly
The Help (2011)
In the middle of the racial upheaval
in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi a young woman
, freshfrom college graduation begins her writing career by producing the household advicecolumn in the local newspaper. Skeeter Phelan is following a different path than herfemale friends by working rather than seeking a prize husband. Having grown up in ahouse with servants she unfortunately knows little about cleaning must seek out advicethrough discussions on the topic with the family maids of the town.Inadvertently, she opens a bucket of worms by exceeding the mundane details of cleaningand discovering the odd indiscriminate behavior of the well-to-do town women who stilltreat their maids like slaves. The story focuses on the suppression of the maids while theracial strife of the times is boiling over around them. The impact of the bus boycottresults in one woman, Missus Walters, for her own convenience, offers her maid a lift towork. Insuring her maid would be on time for work. After suddenly realizing how uglyher friends prejudiced against the Negro has become, she openly supports the boycott bygiving others rides.Skeeter produces a book based on the information she gathers and sets the town on its earsince it is easily seen who she is talking about. The book becomes a national success andSkeeter, who is reunited with her mother over her ill treatment of their family maid, is off to the big city for a new career. The town
s maids left behind must still struggle on indignity seeking their deserved equality.
Director: Tate Taylor
Writer: Tate Taylor and Kathryn StockettStudio: Dreamworks SKG
Stars: Emma Stone (Skeeter Phelan)Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark)Octavia Spenser (Mimmy Jackson) Won Best Supporting Actress AcademyAward 2012Sissy Spacek (Missus Walters)
Rating: PG-13
Running Time:
146 minutesColorRating: 6

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