Rent The Help (2011)

3.9 of 5 from 423 ratings
2h 20min
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Synopsis:
The Help is a story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green
Writers:
Tate Taylor, Kathryn Stockett
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

2012 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2012 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2012
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes with introduction by director Tate Taylor: A Senator's Son, Keep on Walkin'
  • "The Living Proof" Music Video
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2012
Run Time:
146 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • The Making of The Help: From Friendship to Film
  • In Their Own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi
  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Tate Taylor
  • A Senator's Son; Humiliated; Johnny's Home; A Book about Jackson; Keep on Walkin'
  • "The Living Proof" Music Video

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Reviews (5) of The Help

Sanitised, superficial and just too pretty-pretty - The Help review by RP

Spoiler Alert
26/12/2012

I saw this at the cinema and my impressions then were confirmed as I watched it again at home...

It's a sanitised, white man's version of life in the US deep south in the 1960s. Yes, there are some uncomfortable facts about the seemingly idyllic life of the rich white women and their families contrasted with the lives of their domestic servants, but I found it very superficial and just too pretty-pretty.

I should have said that it's a white woman's version, as it is taken from the book by Kathryn Stockett based on her own + retold maids' lives and experiences in Jackson, Mississippi. The film has a bit of tugging at the heartstrings, a bit of humour, but is generally uplifting - however, the book does have some darker moments. What it most certainly is not is any realistic historical record - I suspect the reality if told by a black author would be very much darker still. The film - and the book - is just clichéd and simplistic.

My wife liked this very much. I found it very average and rate it 3/5 stars, and that's stretching it.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Exceptional and unique - The Help review by Swambi

Spoiler Alert
04/06/2012

This film is excellent in all respects, well filmed, with beautiful scenery and music, excellently acted, taking you right back in to the 60's in the American south. Very emotional. If you like humanity and 'real life' drama, hope and human interaction, you will enjoy this.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Agree with Critic review - The Help review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
17/11/2012

Both my husband and I enjoyed this film and both laughed and felt for the situations. 140 minutes went by very quickly! Recommended

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Help review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

The film that earned Octavia Spencer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress The Help tells the story of an aspiring author who is inspired to publish the stories of black maids working in the American South during the 1950’s.

With a wealth of hugely impressive performances including that of Oscar nominee Viola Davis and a surprisingly impressive portrayal from Emma Stone as writer Skeeter, The Help was a pleasant surprise in many ways. Spencer’s Oscar is hugely well deserved, as her sparky character steals all the attention when on screen, whilst Davis’ portrayal of the patient but hopeful Aibileen is moving and courageous. The turn around from Zombieland’s Emma Stone leaves her almost unrecognisable as the opinionated white author determined to tell a story she cares about.

The movie begins precisely as one would expect it to and quite quickly I had the piece defined as simpering and unimaginative; another rather poor telling of the struggle for civil rights in the US in the fifties and sixties. My mind was swiftly changed however when, without even seeming to notice, I was engulfed in the story, loving and hating characters with the passion and zeal that can only be brought about by excellent writing and incredible screen presence.

The final quarter of the movie takes another slightly unimaginative turn, as things begin to wind down; injustices are rectified and relationships reconciled, leaving this bravely real movie heading toward a typical and predictable Hollywood ending. I encourage you to stay in your seats however, as The Help will not disappoint you, even in it’s final moments, as it takes tragedy and reality and weaves them into this smart, incredibly well made and loveable movie.

Controversially I believe The Help deserved more acclaim that some of its Oscar winning counterparts.

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