tomatometers=8,4 / 10
Summary=Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times
Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone
The main characters in this film are stereotypes, which is OK – bu this film had pretensions to delve deep into inter-race relations in the Deep south – the characters are extremely simplistic. The Black characters really are barely above the mammy/maid stereotype – but add to that that the white girls are just mean, the one poor white girl is clueless, then you have the Great White Savior Figure Skeeter – this movie was so depressing to me, so dirty in it’s fundamental assumptions. it’s just a mean, crabby movie. I wish I never saw it, it’s like some nasty film on your mind. I will try to forget this as soon as I can.
The help is a movie about a girl who wants to be a journalist and who writes a book based on the experiences of the black maids that work for her friends. The movie handles a difficult subject really well, bringing lightness to it, so that it won’t get tiring for the audience, but, at the same time, it doesn’t robes the subject off it’s importance and seriousness. The story follows the lives of many characters, not only the main ones, but it doesn’t gets confusing, as many movies with more than one stories to show gets, and, as I said previously, it doesn’t gets tiring to watch. The performances were great and that helped a lot the film to be as good, but the set and the costumes contributed as well. There was only one thing I didn’t like, and that was the ending, because it didn’t keep up with the movie and got stuck into the corny happy triumph that many movies have as an ending. Other than that the Help is a great movie, so 8 out of 10.