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The Help (2011)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Plot Summary: In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Actress (Viola Davis), and Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Won for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer)

What is this movie is about?: You is kind, you is smart, you is important. All lives and stories matter. It's the Disney version of BLM.

Best Performance: Viola Davis

Best Minor Performance: Octavia Spencer

Most Charismatic Award: Jessica Chastain

Best Scene: Aibilene confronts Hilly/Intro to the Bridge Club

Favorite Scene: Bring your Old Commodes

Most Indelible Moment: The Chocolate Pie

Best Line:

Aibileen Clark (to Mae Mobley): "You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

Honorable Mention:

Aibileen: "What if you don't like what I've got to say?"

Skeeter: "This isn't about me."

Funniest Line:

Missus Walters: "I may have trouble rememberin' my own name, or what country I live in. But there's two things I can't seem to forget. That my own daughter threw me into a nursin' home and that she ate Minny's sh*t. Good night."

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 6

Impact/Significance: 5.5

Novelty: 5.25

Classic-ness: 3

Rewatchability: 6

Audience Score: 8.9

Total: 34.65

Remaining Questions:

  • Why would the bridge club hide when their cars are in the driveway?

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