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The Help (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain
  • Format: Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005J6LKVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,665 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The #1 New York Times best seller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. Led by Emma Stone, Academy Award(R)-nominated Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, DOUBT, 2008), Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard, THE HELP is an inspirational, courageous and empowering 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. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope -- and complete with compelling never-before-seen bonus features -- THE HELP is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.

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There are male viewers who will enjoy The Help, but Mississippi native Tate Taylor aims his adaptation squarely at the female readers who made Kathryn Stockett's novel a bestseller. If the multi-character narrative revolves around race relations in the Kennedy-era South, the perspective belongs to the women. Veteran maid Aibileen (Doubt's Viola Davis in an Oscar-worthy performance) provides the heartfelt narration that brackets the story. A widow devastated by the death of her son, she takes pride in the 17 children she has helped to raise, but she's hardly fulfilled. That changes when Skeeter (Easy A's Emma Stone) returns home after college. Unlike her peers, Skeeter wants to work, so she gets a job as a newspaper columnist. But she really longs to write about Jackson's domestics, so she meets with Aibileen in secret--after much cajoling and the promise of anonymity. When Aibileen's smart-mouthed friend Minny (breakout star Octavia Spencer) breaches her uptight employer's protocol, Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard) gives her the boot, and she ends up in the employ of local outcast Celia (Jessica Chastain, hilarious and heartbreaking), who can't catch a break due to her dirt-poor origins. After the murder of Medgar Evers, even more maids, Minny among them, bring their stories to Skeeter, leading to a book that scandalizes the town--in a good way. Not since Steel Magnolias has Hollywood produced a Southern woman's picture more likely to produce buckets of tears (and almost as many laughs). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 19 2016
Format: DVD
The movie is set in Jackson, Mississippi. The upper crust society employs black people in a way that is not far from slavery. The racial attitudes were such that it made me tearful and sad. Emma Stone plays the overly hip daughter, Skeeter, who has come home from her 4 years at Old Miss. She was taken a job as a journalist with the Jackson newspaper. She is ahead of her time as she doesn't share many of the racial views, or typical roles women must play. Her job at the paper requires her to take over a column on giving household hints, something she knows nothing about and must go to "the help" for advice. She is also stirred by the fact the family fired Constance(Cicely Tyson), the "woman who raised her."

Skeeter aspires to be a book writer. She decides to write a book from the view of the maids who raise white children and aren't allowed to use the same restrooms in the house (black people carry different diseases than white people). The only problem with the idea is that no maid wants to tell on their boss for fear of getting fired, or having their house burn down. It was also illegal in Mississippi for Skeeter to write such a book.

After a few incidents and a rousing sermon about courage, Aibileen, played magnificently by Viola Davis, breaks down and consents to tell her story followed by Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer). Skeeter also hangs out with her white friends led by Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) who has written a bill for the state attorney's general requiring families that hire black people be required to have a separate restroom for them. (There is nothing worse than going over to a white person's help knowing the maid uses the guest toilet.) Eventually the maids tell their stories, some nice, some not so nice.
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The Help did not stay in theatres as long as I expected. It was such a good film that I decided to buy the DVD so that I could share it with friends my age, and several young people as well. It is a good consciousness raiser on how otherwise well-meaning people can be unaware of the life stresses of others with whom they interact. It is interesting to compare the book and the film: because they are different media, there are some variations worth noting. I recommend it to any viewer who cares about building understanding and empathy that lead to positive action.
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This is very poignant film, and one that has a serious subject; but is very well done and has some very moments in the film. It is a film (nowhere related in subject) that I would rate on par for performance and a very good film with "Shawshank Redemption". Anyone who appreciates the characteristics of our human nature, such determination, courage, humour and love of others, will appreciate this film. It is certainly a film that you can watch intermittently over and over again.
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This is one of those movies if you read the book you will still love the movie. Ron Howards daughter is fantastic in this movie - talented like her father. My wife remembers travelling to Florida on vacation as young teenager seeing the racism that exisited in the sixties with segregated schools and washrooms for coloureds and whites. Truly a movie everyone should see to understand our history not all that long ago.
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I saw his on TV some years ago, and loved it. Then it was on again a month or more ago, and again it was wonderful. So I decided to get the disc in order that I could have a good laugh again whenever I liked: at the final expense of the typical white trash women from the southern United States depicted in the story. They used to treat their black women maids as slaves to do their every bidding and to raise their children from daybreak to dusk, all for peanuts: whilst at the same time in many cases treating them as tenth class citizens, and worse than their animals.
It depicted also the nasty beatings those damned Southern White Police Officers visited on the black women who didn't bow to their totally unreasonable demands. It seemed that beating the women with their night sticks (or whatever they're called) gave these vicious policemen the greatest of pleasure: regardless of the pain or broken bones they might cause.
The best part, however, was the special pie the servant lady made for her employer 'lady,' who didn't give her so much as a thank you for her "kindness."
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One of the best movies that I have seen lately...

The Help is simply wonderfully made. I could not stop looking at it from the beginning to the end, and it is probably what would also happen if I would have reed the book.

It's a refreshing but emotionaly deep story of the day to day life of black and white womens struggleling in a world and time of no tolerance towards black people. I was touched by the simplicity of the approach of the subjet. The acting of the major roles was really convincing and I did trully enjoied each moment, laughs and cries. It is a strory about self respect, dignity, courage and friendship that did not need special effects to get through the heart.

If you liked To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) or Guess Who's Coming to Diner (1967), this movie will definitively be part of your collection. Well, it is part of mine.
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