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The Help (2011) Movie Information

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145

Avg. Rating:

3.20/4

# of Ratings:

284

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/10/2011

DVD Release:

12/06/2011

Director:

Tate Taylor

Actors:

Emma Stone
Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Bryce Dallas Howard
Jessica Chastain
Allison Janney

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

In 1960s Mississippi, a young woman returns to her small town determined to make it as a writer but when she begins interviewing black women who have spent their lives working for prominent families, it causes an uproar in the community. -- Chris Kavan

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Lee 11/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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0.5/4 

ZZZZZZZZZZ Bored the crap out of me however the wife and son enjoyed it.

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johnny black 07/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

viola davis and octavia spencer give stunningly powerful performaces in this film. i am thrilled that octavia spencer won the academy award for best supporting actress and i am furious that viola davis did not win for best actress. she deserved to win hands down. definitely a top5 film.

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mitchellyoung 05/10/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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3/4 

The strength of "The Help" lies in its powerful performances, most notably from a solemn Viola Davis and a scene-stealing Octavia Spencer. The film, in its portrayal of suburban housewife homes, glosses over some of the uglier racial tensions (although there are hints) and sometimes things tie up a little too neatly. All the same, the film presents an admirable and interesting perspective on civil rights in the South and its talented cast elevates the material considerably.

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  worleyjamers
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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Help

Not a great film, but there's not much to dislike about this film. Tate Taylor's direction isn't all that special, but while the direction isn't great, he doesn't let his direction hold the film back. However, he did do one thing right; he let the actors act. The acting in The Help is terrific, great performances all around. Emma Stone is the "main" character and does a fine job. Viola Davis shines as the lead maid and Octavia Spencer is solid as well. One performance that isn't getting as much attention is Allison Janney; she's absolutely stunning and I don't think the film would be as good without her. The performance for me though is by Jessica Chastain...a truly fascinating character fueled by a masterful performance.

The Help is a must see film! A wonderful story fueled by beauti...

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3/4 

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  MovieAddict
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11/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Don't Eat The Chocolate Pie!

It is the late 1950ís and an aspiring journalist Skeeter (Emma Stone) observes the inequities of the social strata and decides to write a book about the life of maids in Jackson. She knows what she is doing is against the law and has a hard time getting cooperation from the maids until finally she enlists, a reluctant black housemaid who eventually decides to reveal her story. Later the word gets out about the book and many more house maids decide to tell their story including Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) who was once in the employ of Hilly Holbrook, the most racist and insensitive of the bigoted white women.

Great cast of actresses in the form of the bubbly Emma Stone, a lively Jessica Chastain, a hateful Bryce Dallas Howard, the magnificent Viola Davis, the remarkable Octavia Spen...

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3.5/4 

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  mdtinney
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04/29/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Have a slice of pie!!!

I really enjoyed this movie. Never reading the book, but knowing it was on the Best Seller list for over 100 weeks and sold over 5 million copies since it release in 2009, had me very intrigued and having high expectations about the movie and I wasn't let down. The plot of the story is fantastic and the performances by legendary actress Viola Davis and Supporting Actress Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer carry the movie... But the supporting cast is strong as well. The more I see Emma Stone, the more my crush for her strengthens. I think she is an adorable actress and this strengthens her as one of the Brightest Stars in Hollywood. I also really enjoyed Opie's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard as the mean and vindictive Hilly (but she gets a mouthful!!!). And the funniest part in the movie is aided...

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4/4 

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  Movie Maven
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This movie was unbelievable. I never had the opportunity to read the book and originally I had no interest in seeing the movie either. However, a friend of mine said that it was incredible and had the ability to make anyone laugh and cry all at the same time. I went with my sister and mother and wow did I cry most of the time. The actors really brought these characters of household help/ caregivers to life. It was just so moving.
09/12/2011
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  Chris Kavan
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I think the cast looks great - but it's not exactly the type of film I seek out. It's based on a popular book, so it already has a built-in audience, it just matters how the characters are portrayed. I don't see it doing huge business, but I have a feeling it won't be a disappointment at the box office either.
08/11/2011
6:20 pm CT

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  Alex
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This movie does not look good to me.
08/11/2011
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  LeeAnn M.
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I love Octavia Spencer. I'm glad to see her in more mainstream films and I'm really looking forward to seeing this one.
04/19/2011
6:00 am CT

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