Marred by Political Correctness
Release Date: August 10, 2011
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis,
Alison Janney, Jessica
Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard,
Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 137 minutes
Director: Tate Taylor
Executive Producer: Mark Radcliffe, L. Dean Jones
Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer
Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll
Producer: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus,
Writer: Tate Taylor
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“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.
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.