“The Help” Is Kind. Is Smart. Is Important.

Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hrs. 17 min.
Release Date: August 10th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material.
Distributors: DreamWorks Studios

Director: Tate Taylor

JJ Rating: A-

Skeeter (Emma Stone) isn't married and wants to be a writer. Two problems. She tries to fix both and by the end she only fixes one of them. I'll let you guess which one. She befriends Aibileen (Viola Davis) a maid. Skeeter comes up with an idea to share how maid's feel working for white people. Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard) makes a bunch of waves because she be a busy little bee of evil. The Help.

10 Good Things About the Film

1. Great characters that were entertaining, funny and way likeable.
2. Meaning Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain did an awe-inspiring job being their well done characters.
3. A great character that was entertaining, a terrible human and despicable.
4. Bryce Dallas Howard nailed her character so well I wanted her to get kicked in the uterus by anyone strong enough to cause her immense pain for life.
5. Lean forward, stomping foot laughter during several scenes.
6. I rethought how I couldn't live through that time. I'd be one dead person if some dumb idiot told me I wasn't good enough because I wasn't the same color as them.
7. Great film about women without having a main male character as a major love interest. It's a strong woman story without a man stealing any limelight.
8. On that amazing note about it being a woman film, it's also women helping women. Some idiot will focus on it being a white woman saving black maids. They'll ignore how the black women saved a white woman...two white women.
9. The best quote from the film is: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” The grammar Nazis would lose it if that ever found its way onto a forum. Stephen Fry's right about how important creative use of language is. Every scene with that quote made me tear up.
10. Emma Stone is hot--even in this film as is.

2 Bad Things About this Film

1. Going on IMDB and reading how people think that it's wrong that different skin colors help other people of different skin colors, makes me want to bash their heads into a burning cross and tell them to stop planting them and ruining great things. They use the racist term White Knight. I'm pretty sure a black woman writing a book about how maids feel would have made a huge splash as a white woman writing it during that time. These that complain don't know history.
2. This Mammy comment is dumb. Anyone using it, is dumb. Anyone backing it, is dumb. And anyone claiming that this film is promoting it are morons. This film promotes my favorite quote from the film. The fact some people can't see that means they don't have a daddy and they are in a hug drought. I throw pity at them and I hope it leaves a scar.

The Help does remind me of another strong film The Secret Lives of Bees (which was also a great book). In The Secret Lives of Bees the women helped each other. It's a promotion of help and kindness. Just like The Help. It makes this world less stupid thinking that there are people out there that would be as kind as these women are in these films.

If you are a woman that enjoys strong women portrayed in films, then The Help is a film for you. It's not a chick flick. It's an overall great film with great characters and a great story. Who wouldn't want to hear those words from Aibileen said to them every so often? “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” How could that not make someone's day? Go ahead and say something like that to someone without attaching anything negative and make someone's day. Be better than the naysayers that dislike a film solely because they are prejudice against awesome stories that need telling in awesome ways like The Help.

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