The Help (2011)

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Based on bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett and starring Emma Stone, this comedy/drama begins along the basis of a topic we know too well. Racism. Living during the reign of the KKK in their town, the tenants of Jacksonville happily hire black maids to clean, cook and raise their children yet refuse to ever never share a bathroom with them. Through no fault of their own, the black maids work hard to earn a living, while never being rewarded for their kindness and patience. Though at times harshly racist, the film uses Miss Hilly’s character to represent racism in it’s softest form. A pretty, popular woman with a rich husband, dream home and family is belittled by her stinky attitude toward her black maid Minnie. Miss Hilly’s suggestions to her friends to get separate toilets for the “negroes” who carry diseases, begins many a problem for the folk of Jacksonville.

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Emma Stone plays “Skeeter” a curly haired budding writer on a quest for a career unlike her friends who go fishing for husbands. Her mother and friends disappointment of her lifestyle alongside her surprising and kind treatment of the maids, is shocking to her peers, which is why she uses her writing skills to investigate theses women and their evil antics toward the help.

There are many heart-breaking moments in this film, some shocking, some may make you turn away and others may will you to cry. Miscarriages, broken relationships, old age and the shattering of friendships alongside the reality of racism. But if anything, there are many, many hilarious moments which you won’t believe are able to appear in a storyline with such depth. The film presents a lengthy yet worthwhile depiction of distinction and proof, that we are all people, no matter what colour or creed.

 

 

 

 

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