Movie Review: The Help

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“The Help” is mainly focused on the civil rights movement. It is about the life of African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960’s, and how they are treated. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. “The Help” premiered in the U.S. on August 9th, 2011. It gives us a good look at how Southern white families acted towards the maids, and what their everyday lives were like. It teaches us that even through so much hatred, there is usually an optimistic solution that will teach us how to love one another equally, but only few will realize that. Through an unlikely partnership between a young Southern white woman aspiring to be a journalist and the courageous African-American maids of Jackson, Mississippi, the collaboration sheds light on the injustices, hardships, and personal triumphs of being “the help.”

I would highly recommend this movie to a wide variety of viewers. It is a hard-hitting, emotionally inspiring film. If you are searching for some lightness in a dark part of U.S. history, this is the film for you. However, despite being a triumphant and feel-good film, it also has its emotional moments that will surely make you grab a box of tissues!

 Rated: PG 13

 This is what critics said about the movie:

“An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/)

“A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer. That’s what makes “The Help” an exhilarating gift. It could have been a disaster. Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel riled a few critics. The gall of Stockett, a white woman from Jackson, Mississippi, to think she could get inside the heads of black maids serving white folks during the early 1960s.” (http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/the-help-20110809)

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