The Help [DVD] [2011]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (95 out of 96)

Special Features


  • Deleted scenes
  • Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" music video

Synopsis


The Help
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Viola Davis
    Viola Davis - Aibileen Clark
  • Emma Stone
    Emma Stone - Skeeter Phelan
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
    Bryce Dallas Howard - Hilly Holbrook
  • Octavia Spencer
    Octavia Spencer - Minny Jackson
  • Jessica Chastain
    Jessica Chastain - Celia Foote



Customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Less than incredible

    Posted
    Treydle
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    The film begins with Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) giving a brief insight into the lives herself and her community who work, for the most part, as domestic staff for the white elite of Jackson, Mississippi. How she’s spent most of her life raising white children and how she’d recently lost her own son. And Minnie, her friend, (played by Octavia Spencer) loses her job due to an inability to abide by unjust rules and hold her tongue as she’s expected to. Meanwhile, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (played by Emma Stone) has returned home from college with a degree and plans to use it. An idea that is lost on her friends and family who saw college as a means to an end in their quest for suitable husbands who could support them and their future children in the manner they’ve become accustomed to thanks to their upbringing. And while Skeeter(Stone) finds a job writing a column about cooking and other matters she has little to no expertise on and a valuable resource for the column in Aibileen (Davis), she soon finds her real passion in chronicling the life, times, and injustices of African American domestic servants in Jackson. I’ve heard the criticisms leveled on this film and, in all honesty, they’re not wrong. It’s depiction of racism is, for the most part watered down or rose-colored. And the film’s main antagonist is a twitchy social butterfly whose only real power is her standing. That might make sense if her near-senile mother weren’t heckling her in the background during those important social events. It is funny, the characters that are the actual focus of the film are endearing and the conclusion is satisfying enough without being too far-fetched to be believable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Runaway Hit with a lesson

    Posted
    MermaidQueen89

    I did not read the book, but I saw this movie twice and I must say that it has humor, sadness, bold messages without being preachy, and it makes people wake up as to what you might be saying about someone when they are not in the room, - Just because they have a different lifestyle or skin color doesn't mean they are less than you or slow for that matter. Bryce Dallas Howard ( Ms.Hilly Holbrook) the primary antagonist in the film does a superb job at being a * beep* you would never know that she was raised by Ron Howard ( her father). In an interview she even admitted " It was scary, how naturally it came..being so mean". Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastin ( and a too brief Sissy Spacek ) make a great cast of catty women and maids. Who learn how to get along the hard way- and how life used to be and probably still is for racist people and those it hurts. It sounds preachy, but its hilarious- and touching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Help is Sensational

    Posted
    Titus2

    I've seen this movie three times already and cannot get enough. I took my family, my friends (the hardest of thugs), and a couple of dates. Everyone loved it. I'll be buying this for a couple of friends and will even buy for the Christmas party at work for the White Elephant and hope that I get it back. I guarantee you will laugh, cry, and feel every emotion imaginable watching this movie. I wish more movies were made like this. This will not disappoint. I promise! If so, I'll refund your money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent wireless mouse

    Posted
    jake
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought for a friend, I have two already.. Friend isn't best in the world on a computer. This mouse is perfect-put 2 AA batteries in,pull out the rf receiver (on right of batteries)-receiver looks like a mini flash drive. Flip on the on/off switch (see it on bottom above battery door) . You now have a perfectly comfortable working mouse. Perfect for GAMES because you can move quicker! I use mine on my laptops. Comes in different colors too! Would like to see a yellow one- would be easy to spot on a full table.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Hidden Gem

    Posted
    wilhap
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    I am African American man who was reluctant to see the movie because of the plot and it being so called chic flix. I bought the DVD for my wife as a Christmas gift she was reluctant to watch in the theaters being from the South. We loved the movie probably the best book we had seen for a drama in 2011. Does indeed give you insight into life in the South for black maids in the 1960's and the unbelievable mentality of those they worked for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very well done film, with humor and drama.

    Posted
    Mesias1
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    This film has its funny, humorous points, but also its dramatic points as well. An exceptional cast, including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, and Bryce Dallas Howard give incredible performances, and make this film is a remarkable piece of work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this movie

    Posted
    Finhap
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    Was disappointed I couldn't get it in a Blu-ray DVD and digital but don't need digital. Regardless I knew I want this movie and unfortunately I had to order it and pay shipping because the stores are carrying smaller libraries of movies now. I think this movie is a must see and I wanted to own it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie!

    Posted
    champton

    I normally hate movies based on books, but this was such a great movie! It stuck to the book, which was perfect, and the acting/directing/casting was very good as well. I am getting it for several family members for Christmas and hoping someone gets it for me as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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