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The Help (DVD)

A 1960s-era Mississippi debutante sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black servants behind some ...

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Super

ProMoving, thought provoking, cast/performances, well...

ConsPerhaps a bit unnecessarily sickly sweet/'Disneyfi...

- Story - An aspiring author and journalist called Skeeter Phelan, decides to return home to Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, with hopes of gaining the trust of some local house maids, in order to help her write a book about their feelings and experiences of working for...

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“A Helping Hand”

published 28/11/2012

ProStrong performances from a majority female ensembl...

ConsA lack of depth.

It is 1963 and the American Civil Rights movement is gathering momentum. Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan returns to her Mississippi hometown after college, with dreams of being a writer. She finds herself becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the treatment of the town’s black ‘help’ by their white...

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Super

ProEmotionally evocative, some good casting, interest...

ConsTook a while to engage me

There was quite a bit of talk when The Help was released and since then it has garnered plenty of positive reviews, earning itself a place as one of those ‘must-watch films’. Whilst it didn’t engage me from the get-go, I’m glad I persevered as it proved to be an engaging, interesting and...

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Super

ProFunny in places

ConsPatronising and stereotyping

Star – Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer Certificate – PG13 Run Time – 146 minutes Country – USA Blockbuster – £2.00 per night Awards – I Oscar (4 nominations) Amazon –£4.28 DVD (£5.25 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Just as many black people chained by white America in the bad old...

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“The Help”

published 12/12/2011

ProFantastic ensemble performances, moving narrative ...

ConsSometimes a little too cheesy and simplistic whils...

Here is this year’s answer to “The Blind Side.” A feel-good, audience-pleasing, sweeping film that looks at complex, controversial issues involving white guilt and somehow ends up being the year’s most watchable, simple, easy and straightforward films. The only difference is, if any of the cast...

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Excellent

ProPlot, cast, characters, true to the book

ConsNone

I had seen the book of this film at the top of the bestselling list for weeks and weeks but I didn’t think that it really sounded like my cup of tea so I didn’t buy it. However, I then heard it was being made into a film so I thought that it must have a pretty good story! I don’t like to see a...

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“Really enjoyed this film”

published 15/08/2012

Proinsightful, educational, fun

Consnot so historically accurate

I was recommended this film by a colleague who said it had made him cry! I had to find out what was so emotionally moving about this film as I love films that really get you to relate to the characters. I rented this film off Blockbuster but it is available from HMV, Play.com, Amazon.co.uk and...

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Excellent

Proamazing acting, light-hearted enough but still dea...

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The Help Directed and Written by Tate Taylor Starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney Running Time: 146 minutes STORY **Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' tells the story of Aibileen...

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Excellent

ProStrong acting, brilliant storyline

ConsTook a while for the story to take off

At first, I was unsure of what to expect from this film. I loved the book, and one element I really enjoyed was the multiple narrative - something which I believed would be impossible to achieve in a film. However the film easily avoids this by placing one main narrator, while easily dipping in...

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Excellent

“Review of The Help.”

published 13/01/2013

Progreat storyline, appealing to many people, differe...

Conssome bad words, probably not a family movie (for y...

From my my point of view The Help is an amazing movie. It flawlessly shows a piece of our Country's past. I think that anyone would like this movie. Probably though it would be more interesting to women. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone. The movie is set in Mississippi when...

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A 1960s-era Mississippi debutante sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black servants behind some of her community's most prominent families. Skeeter (Emma Stone) has just graduated from college, and she's eager to launch her career as a writer. In a moment of inspiration, Skeeter decides to focus her attention on the black female servants who work in her community. Her first subject is Aibileen (Viola Davis), the devoted housekeeper who has been employed by Skeeter's best friend's family for years. By speaking with Aibileen, Skeeter becomes an object of scorn to the wealthy locals, who view her actions as directly challenging to the established social order. Before long, even more servants are coming forward to tell their stories, and Skeeter discovers that friendship can blossom under the most unlikely of circumstances. Bryce Dallas Howard co-stars in a touching tale of race relations based on author Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name.

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