The Help Add To My Top 10

Marred by Political Correctness

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Release Date: August 10, 2011

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Alison Janney, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 137 minutes

Address Comments To:

Robert Iger, President/CEO, The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Rich Ross, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Website: www.disney.com

Content:

(Pa, CC, BB, RoRo, FeFe, PC, Ho, AbAb, LLL, V, AA, D, M) Light mixed pagan worldview with overt Christian content such as icons of Jesus and church scenes with Bible verses read and worship songs, moral elements exposing and condemning racism (including black maid stands up to mean white woman and calls her “godless,” saying she’s not acting how Jesus would behave), spoiled, however, by strong Romantic, feminist elements where major white heroine bucks tradition and marriage expectations, plus light politically correct content that seems to be making fun of conservatives and where it’s implied that homosexuality is genetic, and none of the white families have true Christian faith and are seen as hypocritical in their faith; 20 obscenities, five strong profanities, and four light profanities, plus black maid bakes feces into pie to get revenge against cruel white employer; implied violence against the blacks in a small Mississippi town, people discuss unseen shooting death of a black civil rights activist, implied but unseen beatings suffered by one maid at the hands of her abusive husband before she finally finds the ability to leave him for the safety of herself and her children, pushing, miscarriage scene with blood, policeman strikes women; no sex but kissing; no nudity, but women in bathtub though nothing shown, and women on toilet; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, cruel verbal treatment but rebuked, hypocrisy but rebuked, lying, stealing, racism but rebuked, dysfunctional family portrayal.

Summary:

THE HELP is a period drama set in the 1960s era of civil rights struggles, with a focus on black maids in Jackson, Mississippi who begin speaking out against the bad treatment they receive from their white female employers. THE HELP is well done with some positive Christian content, but it also has some Romantic, feminist content attacking tradition and containing foul language.

Review:

THE HELP is a period drama set in the 1960s era of civil rights struggles for blacks. It focuses on the maids in Jackson, Mississippi who begin to speak out against the bad treatment they receive from their white female employers.

“Skeeter” Phelan, a white Southern belle, has come home after graduating college to find she’s outgrown her Mississippi town’s mindset that all women are good for is getting instantly married and living off their husband’s money, which is something she has a negative view of. She also is shocked to discover that the family maid who raised her has been let go without explanation. With this, “Skeeter” starts to realize the racial issues mounting between the hired help and the southern belles. Deciding to bring that to public attention, “Skeeter” starts asking questions of the help in order to publish on a wide scale the depths of racism in the South.

Convincing one maid, then two, then dozens to tell their stories anonymously, “Skeeter” is determined to shake up her society and bring an awareness of the racist issue in the South.

THE HELP is very well done, with a well-structured plot line. THE HELP displays many different aspects to racism through the multiple characters. A main theme is that many of the young white women verbally and emotionally degrade their maids claim to be Christian and are clearly not living up to Christian teachings, seeming to promote a typical Hollywood theme that most Christians are not authentic. The Christian black maids are treated more positively, but the white female writer, “Skeeter,” has a Romantic attitude that chafes at tradition, including the institution of marriage.

THE HELP has a powerful cast of actors who fill their roles with zest, bringing a troubled era to vibrant life. THE HELP stresses both the need for respect for women, the hardship of racism in the south, and to love your enemy no matter. THE HELP has some positive Christian content and positive underlying themes of respecting women and exposing the powerfully negative aspects of racism. However, it also has some Romantic, feminist elements attacking tradition and making fun of conservatives. Also, none of the white families have true Christian faith and are seen as hypocritical in their faith. Finally, the movie implies at one point that homosexuality is genetic. THE HELP clearly has a liberal worldview with mixed elements.

In Brief:

THE HELP is a period drama set in the 1960s era of civil rights struggles for blacks. “Skeeter” Phelan, a white Southern belle, has come home after graduating college to find she’s outgrown her Mississippi town’s mindset that women are only good for getting married and living off their husband’s money. She’s also shocked that the family maid who raised her was let go without explanation. With this, “Skeeter” starts to realize the racial issues mounting between the hired help and the other southern belles. Deciding to bring that to the public’s attention, she starts asking questions of the help in order to publish a story on the depths of racism in the South.

THE HELP is well done, with a well-structured plot line. The actors fill their roles with zest, bringing a troubled era to vibrant life. THE HELP has some positive Christian content and positive underlying themes of respecting women and exposing racism. However, it also has Romantic, feminist elements attacking tradition and making fun of conservatives. In addition, the white families are seen as hypocrites, with little true Christian faith. THE HELP has a liberal worldview with mixed elements.