The Help

The Help

DVD - 2012
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"The Help is an inspirational courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project - one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humour and hope - and complete with compelling, never-before-seen special features - The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change"--Container.
Publisher: South Yarra, Vic. : Distributed by Buena Vista Australia, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 07, 2018

Wonderfully done.

Oct 22, 2017

Great movie based off a book. For a whole lineup of my favorite movies based on books visit my list.

Sep 18, 2017

Wonderful movie. LOVED it!

An often very funny movie set in a terribly non-funny time and place. Quite the moving film. It's a must-see film.

May 10, 2017

Amazing how these ignorant bigots would allow blacks to cook their food, but not use their toilets, or they would catch some "colored disease." So many whites trivialize how these people were treated, but if whites were treated the same way, they would scream "It's the Apocalypse!" The one who commented "sucks!" must be one of the "God Bless The White Race Above All Others" supremecists.

Jan 29, 2017

Marginalization is a terrible evil and nowhere is this more poignantly expressed than in the movie, The Help. The movie focuses on the lives of the black helps and their white employers in a Southern America that is still under the influence of the Jim Crow laws. It explores the relationships that form between an empathetic young white woman and two black helps as they undertake the daunting and illegal prospect of writing a collection of the experiences of the helps in Mississippi. The movie also focuses almost exclusively on women, having few male actors and none that star prominently. Viola Davis fails to disappoint in her role as Aibileen, a black help who has raised the children of many of her employers even after she loses her son. She helps to communicate the emotional burden of being a black help amidst all the crushing racism even as Olivia Spencer portrays the more humorous role as Minny, Aibileen's friend. Perhaps what is most memorable is  the scene in which Minny serves her former employer a baked pie filled with her own excrement and utters words immemorial "eat my shit". The movie which is based on a novel of the the same name by Kathryn Stockett is a fantastic work, beautifully written and excellently portrayed.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 03, 2017

Really very good. Strong cast, well paced, great writing. Snapshot of the very racist Mississippi in the 60s, its difficult territory, deftly handled. Recommend.

MCPL101 Nov 02, 2016

Loved the audiobook and the movie really brought it to life. Octavia Spencer deserved every one of the awards she earned for her fabulous performance including: BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Kathryn Stockett really captured the trials of the maids as well as trying to be a career woman in the 60's.

May 12, 2016

Even better on second viewing.

Mar 26, 2016

What a powerhouse group of top women actors! This is a not widely recognized gem well worth seeing.

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Aug 24, 2013

Aibileen Clark: "...Eighteen people died in Jackson that day... ten white and eight black... God don't pay no mind to color once he decide to set a tornado loose..."

Aug 24, 2013

Minny Jackson: "Eat my sh*t." Hilly Holbrook: "Excuse me?" Minny Jackson: "I said eat... my... sh*t." Hilly Holbrook: "Have you lost your mind?" Minny Jackson: "No, ma'am but you is about to. 'Cause you just did."

Aug 24, 2013

Aibileen Clark (to little Mae Mobley): "You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

Aug 24, 2013

Constantine (to young Skeeter): "...Every day... Every day you not dead in the ground... and you wake up in the mornin'... you gonna have to make some decisions... You gotta ask yourself this question: Am I gonna BELIEVE all them bad things them fools say 'bout me today? Y'hear me? Am I gonna BELIEVE all them BAD things them fools say 'bout me TODAY..."

Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

"I am interested and for god's sake your a educated woman! Go get yourself en apartment!"

-Elaine Stain to Skeeter


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Jul 27, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Putting feces in someone's food is an act of violence and potentially life-threatening, yet it's treated as funny. Could give pranksters, unaware of the dangers of e-coli bacteria, ideas.

Jul 11, 2012

Coarse Language: They say a lot of bad words! Like (s- d- h- p-) And a lot more

Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

Violence: You don't see it but they talk about it.

Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

Other: Well it's about the racism of that time but anyways. It's a little racist.


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Ranie_Elias May 01, 2012

Superb movie...excellent acting for Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octivia Spencer...very moving and emotional....

Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

This film revolves around two black maids and a white woman hopping to be en author in the 60's Mississippi.

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