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Kathryn Stockett

❶The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny-three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

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At the end of the novel, what final words does Aibileen want Mae Mobley to remember?

The film has its moments of twee sentimentalism, but also resonates with a clear sense of poignancy, and is told in an accessible and hugely pleasurable way. It resonates with our desire to see wrongs set right at a time when so many white Americans were shamefully working against liberty and justice.

The performances prevail in The Help as Emma Stone shows her range as a serious actress and Viola Davis epitomizes courage through her somber eyes. Although Viola Davis offers a fantastic performance here, this disgusting melodrama is much more concerned about making you cry than saying anything meaningful, while most of the characters are one-dimensional and several unnecessary details are constantly added to the story with the sole purpose of cheap sentimentality.

Well acted, briskly shot with a story that is simply told without much complexity. She convinces two maids Aibileen Clark Viola Davis and Minny Jackson Octavia Spencer to tell their stories exposing the casual racism they face on a daily basis from their white families. The performances are strong. She plays Aibileen Clark with an air of dignity, compassion and strength that is a sight to behold.

She is surrounded by some nice revelations as well. Octavia Spencer gets the role of her life as outspoken Minny Jackson.

Like Davis, she walks the fine line between caricature and realism and pulls it off. These three standout performances elevate "The Help" from average status. Well-intended but somewhat simplistic in its depiction of the problem. Entertaining enough but hardly doing justice to the topic. It inspires me to think one day 50 years from now people will see a movie with gay characters and say More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Season 4 Castle Rock: Season 1 Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 Sharp Objects: Miniseries The Walking Dead: View All Photos The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny-three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed-even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan. Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark. Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook. Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson.

Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote. Anna Camp as Jolene French. Eleanor Henry as Mae Mobley. Emma Henry as Mae Mobley. Chris Lowell as Stuart Whitworth. Cicely Tyson as Constantine Jefferson. Mike Vogel as Johnny Foote.

Sissy Spacek as Missus Walters. Brian Kerwin as Robert Phelan. Rian Kerwin as Robert Phelan. Wes Chatham as Carlton Phelan. Allison Janney as Charlotte Phelan. Aunjanue Ellis as Yule Mae Davis. Ted Welch as William Holbrook. Shane McRae as Raleigh Leefolt.

Roslyn Ruff as Pascagoula. Tarra Riggs as Gretchen. Leslie Jordan as Mr. Mary Steenburgen as Elaine Stein. Tiffany Brouwer as Rebecca. Carol Lee as Pearly. Carol Sutton as Cora. Millicent Bolton as Callie. Ashley Johnson as Mary Beth Caldwell.

Neither the black nor the white community would accept Lulabelle, so Constantine gave her up for adoption when she was four years old. When the little girl grew up, she and Constantine were reunited. When Charlotte Phelan discovered who Lulabelle was, she kicked her out and fired Constantine. Constantine had nowhere else to go, so she moved with her daughter to Chicago and an even worse fate.

Skeeter never saw Constantine again. Hilly Holbrook, in particular, is set on vengeance due to the details in the book. Hilly and Skeeter grew up best friends, but they now have very different views on race and the future of integration in Mississippi. The book becomes a powerful force in giving a voice to the black maids and causes the community of Jackson to reconsider the carefully drawn lines between white and black.

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Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families/5.

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The book is narrated by three very different women; Minny, a black maid unable to keep a job due to her hot head, Aibileen, another black maid who is raising her 'seventeenth white child', and Miss Skeeter, at the opposite end of the .

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I originally read the audio book edition of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and later read it on my Kindle for book club. The Help is most definitely on my short list for all time favorite books. I am not sure which was better the audio book or the Kindle read. This is the first novel by this author and I do not know how she will ever top herself. Apr 01,  · By Kathryn Stockett Putnam. pp. $ Southern whites' guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised .

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Summary and reviews of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, plus links to a book excerpt from The Help and author biography of Kathryn Stockett. Feb 19,  · In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early s, one woman works especially tirelessly.