• The Help (2011)

The Help

Release Date: August 10th, 2011

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2011

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

Production Co: 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Transformation, Relationships, Heartwarming, 1960s, Inspiring, Sacrifice, Friendship, Mother, Gripping

Ratings & Reviews

  • 65
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Big hair, fine period frocks and interior design lend The Help a pleasingly retro look. Yet for someone who grew up in Mississippi, the director has little sense of place. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Taylor does capture the Jim Crow era and its anxieties well, but his characters tend toward the facile and his white heroine is too idealized. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    The "black maid" may be a cliché. But when was the last time we saw a story told from her point of view? show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)