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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

Starring:
Sissy Spacek, Ahna O'Reilly
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The Help

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 20 minutes
Starring Sissy Spacek, Ahna O'Reilly, Brian Kerwin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Emma Henry, Cicely Tyson, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Eleanor Henry, Chris Lowell, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Anna Camp, Allison Janney
Director Tate Taylor
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 20 minutes
Starring Sissy Spacek, Ahna O'Reilly, Brian Kerwin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Emma Henry, Cicely Tyson, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Eleanor Henry, Chris Lowell, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Anna Camp, Allison Janney
Director Tate Taylor
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By MadameAddams on 1 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
When I was invited to a preview screening of The Help earlier in the year, I was unsure of what to expect. This may be easier to understand when one takes into consideration that Walt Disney Studios are responsible for the distribution of a film that is targeted at the older woman, the single hardest demographic to coax into cinema screens presently. Having read the book, (read review here) I knew the director had a lot to prove. As a fan I was wary yet excited at the evolution of this great book and the reception it's had worldwide. It is an unfortunate truth that Hollywood rarely makes the most of the projects it gets it's hands on, in terms of quality at least thus, the concern for an international bestseller making its way into the lap of Disney is an obvious worry.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. The film is a well-constructed piece that remains loyal to Stockett's text and demonstrates the fear, discrimination and seething hatred that seems to have been so apparent during the 1960's of KKK riddled Jackson, Mississippi in a clear and poignant way. In contrast to other reviewers critiques, I did not find the film overly sentimental or sappy by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, Tate Taylor is to be credited for the realism he has managed to instill in the direction and in the screenplay, which he adopted from Stockett's text. For me, there were several outstanding performances, especially Octavia Spencer as outspoken Minny Jackson, the maid who rises above her many unfortunate choices in employer.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By PJ B'ham on 28 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I watched this film whilst flying from the UK to the US last week [November 2011]. I found it completely absorbing, convincingly portrayed by the cast and moving to the point of tears. I watched; I listened; I saw; I heard; I laughed; I cried. A life-changing film. First class!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Edward Payne on 24 April 2012
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This film version of the book is well acted and well produced, and overall does justice to the original, despite the insertion towards the end of some scenes not in the book. These scenes tend to soften the narrative towards slight sentimentality, but they do not mar the bitter-sweet ending.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid on 2 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Was at the cinema yesterday and had a great experience with this film. Loved it so much - lots of laughter as well as tears - very emotional and lovely and it was entertaining through all two and a half hours. People laughed out loud and you could hear sniffling in the emotional parts. The actors acted so well and the filming was wonderful and the music so underlined the era and the story from the original book was followed as expected, altogether making it a memorable evening with colleagues. I will definitively watch it at least one more time - to get all the details and enjoy the film all over.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
"The Help" on which the film is based is a page-turner with its skilful coverage of human resilience and the sowing of the seeds of rebellion as prejudice begins to crack in 1960s Mississippi, told through the viewpoint of two black maids, Aibileen and Minnie, and Skeeter, an idealistic but naive young white woman with ambitions to become a writer.

In the film, a strong cast of actors bring to life the key characters in the book. Aibileen is the narrator, compassionate and shrewd beneath her subservient air, until writing about her experiences as a general dogsbody and nanny for a succession of white children finally releases her into a sense of freedom. Then there is Minnie, a brilliant cook, but unable to hold down a job because of her feisty talk - yet she allows herself to be beaten by her drunken husband. The villain of the piece is the ghastly, control-freak Hilly, who rules her simpering white "friends" with a rod of iron, with the power to destroy the livelihoods of black servants (not merely her own!) who displease her.

The film version of "The Help" is true to the essentials of the original in that it is a chastening reminder of the casual prejudice of the American South as recently as the 1960s, and is often very moving, yet the poignancy is leavened with a good deal of humour. In view of the complexity of the book's plot, it has been necessary to leave out or compress many details - thankfully not the scene of Minnie trying to hoover the dust off a huge stuffed grizzly bear in an old colonial house. These omissions tend to be disappointing if you have read the book before seeing the film. In particular, I would have liked more of the very moving tales which the maids have to tell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Funnell on 30 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
I realise these reviews should be about the actual DVD and it's contents, but I'm afraid my review is purely about the film. Should you buy it? Yes.

Not many films come along these days that truly move you. I'd heard whisperings about this film, saw it had some recognition at the Oscars, but didn't really hear what it was about. It's one of those topics that could be heavy going and very contentious. This film canters along letting the story unwind effortlessly, drawing us in to characters we come to know without the usual setting-out that seems to take up the first hour of every movie these days.

The story you probably already know; it's 1960s America, and in Jackson, Mississippi, it is rife with unashamed racism. Killings in the street are commonplace, and the black community are treated with contempt and disgust. A young lady (Skeeter/Eugenia - Emma Stone) returns to her home to pursue a writing career, having graduated from Ole Miss university. Things have changed; her mother has cancer, and her black maid Constantine, who practically raised her and worked for the family for years, has left without saying goodbye. Skeeter obtains a job at the local newspaper and is happy to accept whatever is going - pretending to be a usual well-known columnist giving domestic advice, such as cleaning, cooking etc. Skeeter is not like most of the other Jackson residents; she is not affected by racist views and positively adored her household's maid Constantine, so she seeks some advice from one of 'the help', Aibeline. Aibeline is the maid for her old friend Hilly Holbrook, who is the leader of the next round of young housewives raising their families in Jackson, and a nasty piece of work.
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