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The Help (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  10 August 2011 (USA)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.



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Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Change begins with a whisper.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Historias cruzadas  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,044,590 (USA) (12 August 2011)


$169,705,587 (USA) (2 March 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. This is when and where Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. Real life national news headlines of the assassination are used in the film at about an hour and 20 minutes into the film. See more »


When Hilly and Elizabeth are eating at the restaurant/coffee house, Elizabeth's earrings appear and disappear. See more »


[first lines]
Aibileen Clark: I was born 1911, Chicksaw County, Piedmont Plantation.
Woman: And did you know as a girl growing up that one day you'd be a maid?
Aibileen Clark: Yes ma'am, I did.
Woman: And you knew that because...
Aibileen Clark: My mama was a maid. My grandmama was a house slave.
Woman: [whispering as she writes down] "house slave..." Did you ever dream of being something else?
Aibileen Clark: [nods yes]
Woman: What does it feel like to raise a white child when your own child's at home being looked after by somebody else?
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Tintín en Alcobendas (2011) See more »


The Wah-Watusi
Written by Dave Appell (as David Appell), Kal Mann
Performed by The Orlons
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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23 June 2011 | by (Clementon NJ) – See all my reviews

I saw a preview of this film a few weeks ago in Philadelphia. I am huge fan of the book and could not wait to see the movie. I was not disappointed. I LOVED this movie. I have not seen anything more moving or more real in such a long time.

The movie stays very close to the book. The book has a bit more details, but all the parts of the book that make it so great were in the movie. There was not a thing missed in the screenplay.

The characters come alive on the screen. There is no stretch of imagination. The casting is perfect.

Go see this, you will not be disappointed!

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