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PG-13| 2 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

Cast: Viola Davis , Emma Stone , Bryce Dallas Howard , Octavia Spencer , Jessica Chastain , Allison Janney , Sissy Spacek , Ahna O'Reilly

Director: Tate Taylor

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Walt Disney

The Help (2011)

Release Date: August 10th, 2011|2 hr. 26 min.

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fan reviews ( 277 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer. That's what makes The Help an exhilarating gift. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Good story, great characters, a setting plucked from history - and a multiracial, multigenerational ensemble cast stacked with fabulous actresses. But the thing that makes The Help such a rousing crowd-pleaser is its generous helping of baked goods. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Help sidesteps easy sentimentality. As the film's heart and soul, Davis and Spencer add vast reserves of depth and dignity to a crowd-pleasing tale. show more

  • June 11, 2012 ff00000000124807
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    A good date movie for college kids.

  • February 21, 2012 se00000000113742
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    This movie is ok. It doesn\'t deserve an OSCAR, but is good to see.

  • January 27, 2012 mmvinoski
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    Unbelievable movie about the social dynamics of that period of time. And quite a statement about the ability of a group of people to get together and make a statement. If I had a daughter, I would want her to see this film!

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