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At Theaters: 8/10/2011 On Video: 12/6/2011
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 17 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 579934
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan just graduated from Ole Miss and is intent on getting a job as a writer. Unlike the girls she grew up with in Jackson, Mississippi, Skeeter wants a career and is quite content to put marriage and children on hold, much to her married friends'—and her mother's—constant consternation. When she lands a job writing the Miss Myrna cleaning-hints column for the local newspaper, she seeks help from Aibileen, her best friend's maid, and finds herself embarking on a clandestine project, spurred on by a book editor in New York and inspired by the moving stories she uncovers.
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Drama - This is a period drama based on the best selling novel aimed at female audiences, particularly African-American audiences. Adult subject matter makes the film one of caution for parents of young children, but this can be an educational tool for teens. Fans of the actresses, especially Viola Davis and Emma Stone, will have plenty to savor here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jessica Chastain THE TREE OF LIFE
Viola Davis IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, EAT, PRAY, LOVE
Bryce Dallas Howard HEREAFTER, TERMINATOR SALVATION, LADY IN THE WATER
Allison Janney JUNO, HOW TO DEAL
Chris Lowell TV's - GREY'S ANATOMY
Sissy Spacek GET LOW, HOT ROD, AN AMERICAN HAUNTING
Octavia Spencer BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, NEVER BEEN KISSED
Dir/Prod/Wri: Tate Taylor PRETTY UGLY PEOPLE
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Production Notes Heading
From The Page To The Screen
Casting "The Help"
Mississippi As A Character
Creating The Look of "The Help"
Making Music
"The Help" In Theaters
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 8 S-words; 4 GD's; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits and pushes.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic lines; kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...this is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted.

USA Today Full Review
Good But The Help, with its emphasis on an unlikely friendship transcending segregated strictures, manages this tricky feat. It also personalizes the broader issue of civil rights by focusing on one slice of the black experience.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average But readers who felt they came to intimately know characters such as Celia, Minny and Skeeter are likely to greet their alter egos on screen like cherished, long-lost friends - especially the nobly suffering Aibileen, here brought to quietly watchful life by Viola Davis.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 140 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
93
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 140 moviegoers: The reviews for "The Help" were extremely high. THIS IS A MOVIE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Outspoken Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is a 33-year-old housekeeper who has a reputation as the best cook in Mississippi. She works for Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), but an act of defiance finds her fired and traveling to the outskirts of Jackson to work for lonely, fish-out-of-water Celia Foote (Jessica Chastain). Minny is Aibileen's best friend and helped her get through her grief over losing her only son. Though strong and independent, Minny nonetheless is the voice of reason, as well as a healthy skeptic, when it comes to Skeeter's project. A remarkable sisterhood emerges from their improbable alliance, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face to face with the changing times.
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