I watched this film last evening with my Grandma...it was something my uncle had sent her. I decided I might as well write a review of it here.
The Help is set in the early 1960's and is basically a story of racism in Jackson, Mississippi.
The story follows Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a recently graduated journalist, as she undertakes to expose the racism rampart in her home town. She herself, like many rich kids from around, had in essence been raised by the family's black maid-Constantine and loved her very, very dearly.
The two maids who initially (and illegally) help her with her research are Aibileen Clark and Minnie Jackson--two very different women who are best friends. (Aibileen actually acts as something of a narrator.)
One of the most influential women in town is young Mrs. Hilly Holbrook...she despises black people as inferior and different than white people. She is in essence the villian of the story.
While an interesting enough story line, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it; due in large part to the language. The used of profane and blasphemous language is rather profuse. (The majority of it could have not been there and you wouldn't have lost any dialouge.)
While I'm sure there was a PC bias in the film (aka. white people are bad/black people are good), I didn't notice it overly much--there were good, kind, thoughtful white people (and some that might have been kinder if they weren't so cowed by Hilly) and there were plain out nasty white people. There were good, kind, mostly forgiving black people and there were black people who displayed a vindictive spirit--and in one case, a thief. (Of course, on that one, you actually kind of feel sorry for her, but it still doesn't not excuse her theft.)
Often humoreous, often sad, sometimes down right shocking (might I even say disgusting? Minnie's "pie" is just that...) the story does keep one engaged and rooting for the end of the racist tendencys of the culture of the time. By the close of the film, one begins to see how Skeeter's and the maids' task is being rewarded--though there is still a long way to go. There are at least five or six different story threads woven together and each of them is some how related to another.
Also, for the ones in search of films with modest-clothing...there is some tight and low in this movie. (And some kissing--both pre- and post-marital.)
The overall worldview: While God is mentioned and apparently believed in by Aibileen, He appears to be rather irrelevent to the facts of life.
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol' time.
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