"The Help" takes us on a pop-cultural tour that savors the picturesque, and strengthens stereotypes it purports to shatter.
I don't know if you have ever lived in the Deep South, but as someone who has only been here for only 20-odd years, this movie not only lives up to the book (for maybe the first time in my memory), but gives you a scary taste of what actually happened. And, in the not-so-distant past. Say what you want from NYC, but this was real. And not pretty. And an important story for us to feel uncomfortable about and remember the ones who lived it and changed it. I hope these women get nominated for every award out there for telling this story.
Aug 11 - 08:25 PM
Cindy Moore Jones
Aug 12 - 08:31 PM
This is exactly why these types of movies are terrible. They're easy to make and everyone will say how moving it was simply because they're terrified of being deemed ignorant or racist. What a joke.
Aug 15 - 08:50 PM
Who gives a shit if she is? My God...
Aug 21 - 03:42 PM
Aug 27 - 02:07 PM
You're stupid! What the fuck is the point of your existence? Your parents obviously don't know what a condom is...
Sep 11 - 01:25 AM
Dita Kavyas McCarthy
As a white person who has lived in Mississippi since 1966 I would say this film was not very real. A Jackson, MS Junior Leaguer going against the entire white population to stand up for Blacks? I don't know when and where you lived but it did not happen, believe me. Even many of the details got it wrong... there is no way that a bookstore frequented by whites in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960s would have carried such a book... let alone place it prominently in its window. They would have been fire-bombed. Ever heard of Rabbi Nussbaum? His temple in Jackson was fire-bombed and burned down because he supported civil rights. come on...
Aug 21 - 06:15 PM
Critics have to sound this way. Ignore them and go see what you want and like it if you want.
Aug 22 - 01:06 AM
Couldn't agree more! Thank you!!
Aug 24 - 08:11 AM
Couldn't agree more with Dita K and disagree more with Lisa C's review.
Thank you Dita for stating exactly what was wrong and weird about the movie. It rang so false! And it was as someone else mentioned here...cloying!
Aug 24 - 08:14 AM
Dita, of course you're not going to agree with LIsa C... You're white!!! a white person's point of view is going to be different than a black person's cuz they experienced something totally different than you. lol. if you lived there during that time as well i;;m sure you contributed to the problem, and that's why you didn't like the movie... it made you look bad.
Sep 17 - 12:20 AM
Melissa Osburn Marhefka
Here here flicksaint
Mar 9 - 01:26 AM
Very Strange for a movie that seems directed at a female Audience, checking the Top Critics who like it or not the results are telling.
40 Critics (23 men, 17 women)
27 Liked it (67.5%)
Of these top critics 81.82% of White Men Liked the film, while only 47.67% of White Women Like it.
So that means more that half of the white women Top Critics disliked the movie.
Anyone care to harbour a guess as to why the big differences?
Could it be because White Women are the bad guys in this movie?
Aug 12 - 09:56 AM
They were a victim of the time, era and ignorance.
Aug 12 - 11:38 AM
Those who disliked the movie are living in self denial. I lived it everyday as a youngster and I was part of the white community. Great movie! Tells it like it really was and still is!
Aug 13 - 09:44 AM
One can understand a film, its source material, and its intentions and still dislike it. Denial has nothing to do with it and is another issue entirely.
Aug 14 - 03:46 PM
Wow Gary! You're so enlightened. You've got such great insight into humanity and the contemporary human condition! And you're white? Oh man, if only all white people could be like you. I'm so ashamed of myself. Do you have any extra "I'm white, but but it's okay because I'm one of the good ones" shirts?
Aug 15 - 09:11 PM
I approve this message.
Aug 19 - 08:05 PM
And what are you, Steve? A proud racist?
Aug 20 - 12:26 AM
aaaaaaaaaand there it is. the racist argument! how novel and credible!
Aug 20 - 12:43 PM
Steve, would you please explain to me how Gary`s comment offended you? Because I am really scratching my head over here. Where in the world did he deserve a reply like that? You are what`s wrong with this country from the looks of it.
Dec 7 - 12:29 AM
Probably because this movie is lame, and woman are generally more astute than men.
Aug 28 - 03:27 PM
Maybe this movie is a lot less "lame" than all those "middle-aged guys doing stupid, childish things for over 2 hours" that guys seem to enjoy so much.
Sep 18 - 07:52 AM
maybe because the majority of them in the movie were portayed as cold-blooded bitches to the point where people were cheering for them to eat excrement...I dunno Reg...it's a tough one.
Feb 10 - 06:55 AM
I think you need to see this film again when you're in a better mood. It is a period piece by the way. All the proformances were powerful and real.
Aug 12 - 11:37 AM
the movie doesn have lots of problems-some of the emotional scenes ring false-i did like it overall, but dont call it a masterpiece-it simply isnt true
Aug 12 - 12:03 PM
What more can I expect from the Wall Street Journal? Obviously out of touch with the real world.
Aug 13 - 09:42 AM
Who really cares.
It's a stupid waste of money like every movie.........
Aug 13 - 06:03 PM
Then stop watching them.
Aug 17 - 03:02 PM
Sep 11 - 01:28 AM
Only in Hollywood...
Aug 13 - 09:30 PM
This is not a stereotype situation. This is a depiction of the reason we have racial tensions and the facts that we won't acknowledge. Good comment @LisaC and typical comment that brings forth what I'm saying @Cindy Moore J!!
Aug 15 - 10:32 AM
Ha, Re-read your review, please! Where was this film savoring the picturesque? Was it when Aibileen was telling the story about her son's death or running home in the dark, fearing for her life? There was no "plunging into the racist past" because this movie is not Mississippi Burning. It is not primarily about 60s Mississippi. It is about three women and their friendship against the BACKDROP of 60s Mississippi. What did you want? Firehoses and German Shepherds? Also, you couldn't enjoy Octavia Spencer's character or performance because of your own misplaced, cracker guilt. Some black women talked like that, and still talk like that. Suggesting that it's "self-parody" brings your own social ignorance to light. This movie "... strengthens streotypes it purports to shatter."? You understand that you write for the Wall Street Journal, right? And that you described Viola Davis' character as a "Negro", right? Well, at least you capitalized it to show some respect. Keep breaking down the barriers of intolerance, Wall Street Journal. After all, you have had such a long-standing reputation for being the champion of the common man.
Aug 16 - 08:58 AM
Aug 21 - 03:45 PM
Dec 10 - 10:32 AM
I Saw The Movie!! How The Hell is a Top Critic from the Wall Street Journal trash talk about one of the most touching films ever made since Schindler's List!! It is the MOST OUTSTANDING movie of our time!! It Will Win Best Motion Picture!! If it does! i expect a rewrite of this film you ignorent fool......and btw! i'm only 16! And try stepping into their shoes you yankee a$$hole! This is why the Wall Street Journal is filled with idiots that don't have a heart
Aug 17 - 07:29 PM
Erik I just loved your comment especially coming from a 16 year old. I am a middle aged white man and I feel the exact same way about this movie. It was AMAZING! Who could not like this movie? From the looks of it, it is white females who have a problem with it. I could only guess why, lol.
Dec 7 - 12:25 AM
We know what the film is "trying" to say about what happened to black domestics in the South.But the film doesn't give us nearly enough reality. It's merely a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" facade, uhder which blacks suffered physically(lynching) and mentally(feeling inferior due to the bullying). The power would have been enhanced by the truth , rather nice a nice polite story about race relations.
Aug 19 - 10:31 AM
What I want to know is why so many want the movie to be something it doesn't purport to be, something it wasn't meant to be, and something no one set out to make. Stories can be told on different levels. A story about the race relations between rich whites and the black people who have no better option than serving them is the story told, is it not? Did you want this served to you on a backdrop of lynchings and fire-hoses? If you want that movie, go make it yourself and stop criticizing this movie for not being the one you would've made.
Aug 20 - 12:38 AM
I think this may link to the wrong review or something. Because the review I just read was positive.
Aug 20 - 06:01 PM
@Brett H : The review is negative. Green means "do not go see it"
Aug 22 - 10:51 PM
I always wondered how that intricate system worked...thanks for clearing that mystery up.
Feb 10 - 06:46 AM
Eh... I didn't even read this review, but the only example I can think of is Minny loving "fried chicken." I found that a bit humorous during the movie.... but then again, why the hell can't anybody just like it?
Aug 27 - 02:08 PM
Wow, what a sourpuss, if I was you I would never eat another pie in my life. Oh wait, now I get it, you are a racist.
Aug 27 - 11:02 PM
I hope the irony of that statement does not escape you
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Sep 1 - 09:55 AM
this film follows a very traditional pattern that stereotypes all racists as evil people. it's important to remember that a lot of good people were racist too...it was the norm back then.
Sep 8 - 01:49 PM
Solid movie. Well developed characters. Strong acting. Happy ending. The book being read by so many locals was a little difficult to believe, but all else made my wife and I pleased we spent our time and money enjoying this film.
Oct 10 - 02:41 PM
Rash Hunt (Matt X)
Americans are just the worst.
Dec 11 - 04:52 PM