Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Help

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76% (Critics) / 91% (Audience)
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Written By: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer
DreamWorks Studios

Synopsis: THE HELP is the movie adaptation of the phenomenally popular book of the same name. The movie is set in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement and is about the black maids who work in the white households of Jackson and the young white woman who decides to tell their stories. The book has been pretty controversial with a lot of black historians taking offense to the telling of this story by a white woman and a black maid suing the author for supposedly stealing the story of her life. And that controversy extends to the movie as well with some black groups condemning it sight unseen. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about THE HELP because the story is based on a work of historical fiction so it strikes me as odd for people to get all pissy about it. Maids, mammies, and racism existed and hating on a movie just because it deals with those facts is just stupid.

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