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on 30 January 2015
After graduating from college, Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan (Emma Stone) returns to her home town of Jackson, Mississippi and is shocked to find that Constantine the black maid for worked for her family for many years and practically raised her, has left without saying goodbye.
Whereas the rest of her friends went to college to find husbands, Skeeter remains single and completes a degree in journalism. In order to pursue her ambition to become a writer she gets a job writing a domestic column for a local newspaper. In order to find material to include she sets about taking tips from the black maids who work in the town (known as 'the help').
Prompted both by her conversations with the help and her bewilderment as to Constantine's departure, Skeeter begins to notice the poor treatment and racist behaviour white families show towards the black maids they employ. Although the Black Civil Rights Movement is growing, racism and racial segregation remain rife and unchallenged in Jackson. Amongst the worst offenders is her best friend Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), who under the false pretence that black people carry different diseases to white, has put a proposal to the governor that separate toilets for 'the help' should be provided in every household. This takes Skeeter in a whole new direction; to write a book from the perspective of the help exposing how badly they are treated by the white families they work for. Her first informant is a maid named Aibileen (Viola Davis) who works for her friend Elizabeth (and serves as the film's narrator). Aibileen is later joined by fellow maid Minny (Octavia Spencer). Minny is Hilly's former maid who was fired for using the indoor toilet and not going into hurricane weather to use the 'help's toilet outside.
I will not reveal the rest of the story. Needless to say The Help is one the most powerful films I have seen for a long time. Before I watched it I had only a limited knowledge and appreciation of the extent of the civil and institutional racism which was commonplace in the USA in the mid 20th Century. Today the status of black citizens in the USA has rocketed, the election of Barrack O Bama in 2008 being a strong example. However the legacy of their mistreatment continues to blight their lives. Films including The Help serve to illustrate how such attitudes can be diluted but remain ingrained within American society.
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on 14 August 2017
One of the best films I've seen about the struggle of Black people in Southern USA. It's not just doom and gloom there are very funny bits too. Well acted and no wonder Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress too. In fact all the actresses were brilliant.
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on 3 January 2017
A thought provoling film pruchased for family viewing at Christmas. Very entertining. Brilliant acting from the leads. A super envisionment of the book. Well worth an evening to watch and enjoy.
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on 11 June 2017
I enjoyed the book and the film as well. Bought 2dvds as gifts too. It a good film to watch, well acted, sad and funny as well .
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on 15 February 2017
Came very quick and was in great condition as it was in its cellophane so was probably new. Description was used-very good so was expecting it not to be in cellophane so when it did i was surprised and pleased. Already watched amd oy played well. Gopd price too. I shall buy music magpie again.
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on 17 May 2017
great film, well worth the watch! If you like a real heart felt film and a bit of a sob then this is the one for you.
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on 19 July 2017
Although this is a work of fiction from all the modern history books I've read it is a valuable piece of social history. It should be slown in secondary schools.
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on 12 July 2017
I love this film :)
Arrived packaged well in perfect condition!

Thanks :)
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on 26 July 2017
Brought this film for a frd..i enjoyed it and thought she would also.
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on 18 August 2017
Beautiful, inspiring, eye opening film, well worth a watch
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