Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Help (2011)

This is an okay movie. During the 1960s in Mississippi, black maids would often raise white children leaving little time for their own families. Miss Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) recently graduated from college with a major in journalism. She gets a job at her hometown newspaper writing an advice column about domestic chores. She decides to write a book about how the maids are being mistreated, but at first they refuse to talk to her. Minny (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen (Viola Davis) are the only ones who agree to share their experiences, but after a civil rights activist is killed, a large group of maids arrive to explain their own stories.

It is based on the 2009 novel written by Kathryn Stockett. A maid filed a lawsuit against the author claiming that the book was about her, but the case was thrown own because of the statute of limitations. The film earned the fourth largest ever gross for a Labor-day weekend.

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