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The Help 

Maria was on her way to becoming a beautician when her mother's illness forced the 22 year-old to come home to care for her. Maria's mom has since moved on to a better place. Maria has ... See full summary »

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Ron Leavitt
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Camille Guaty ...  Maria - Maid / ... 7 episodes, 2004
Al Santos ...  Ollie, the Chauffeur 7 episodes, 2004
Brenda Strong ...  Arlene Ridgeway, the Rich Lady 7 episodes, 2004
Mindy Cohn ...  Maggie, the Cook 7 episodes, 2004
Marika Dominczyk ...  Anna, the Nanny 7 episodes, 2004
Antonio Sabato Jr. ...  Dwayne, the Trainer 7 episodes, 2004
Tori Spelling ...  Molly the Dog Walker 7 episodes, 2004
Keri Lynn Pratt ...  Veronica Ridgeway, The Pop Star Daughter 6 episodes, 2004
Esther Scott ...  Doris 6 episodes, 2004
Jack Axelrod Jack Axelrod ...  Grandpa Eddie 5 episodes, 2004
David Faustino ...  Adam Ridgeway 5 episodes, 2004
Megan Fox ...  Cassandra Ridgeway 3 episodes, 2004
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Maria was on her way to becoming a beautician when her mother's illness forced the 22 year-old to come home to care for her. Maria's mom has since moved on to a better place. Maria has moved on as well - to be the maid for the insanely wealthy Ridgeway dynasty. As one of many servants who dote on the demented and dysfunctional family, Maria juggles extremely important tasks like dusting their many unread books, vacuuming their priceless rugs and picking up after their prized poodle Pookie. But the biggest surprise comes when Maria discovers there's not only a class struggle between the upstairs and the downstairs, but there's an all out war among The Help! Written by Anonymous

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WB [United States]

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USA

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English

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5 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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[after she's fired, Nanny Anna decides to sleep her way to sucess]
Anna, the Nanny: Do not cry for me. I always land on my back.
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A reformed southerner looks at "The Help"
11 April 2012 | by prgillSee all my reviews

A friend recently called this movie to my attention. Supposedly (and plausibly, judging from the land and street scapes) filmed in Jackson, this film brought back many memories, a few of which I shared with a writer friend from Atlanta who lives and works here in Aix.

The film takes me back to my fifteenth year ('67) when I first spent time with my Aunt and Uncle in Jackson, Mississippi. In the twenty-five years that followed, to when our oldest daughter was herself 15 ('92), we must have made the drive from New Orleans two dozen times, for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas one year, cousin weddings, notable birthdays and personal visits. My favorite activity when in Jackson was to attend First Presbyterian Church where my Aunt and Uncle seemed to hold a unique place, or walking down around Milsaps College, past Eudora Welty's home, a place my Aunt said she had visited on different occasions, I guess for tea or other women's socials. The movie reminds me of the deep greens of a nature abundantly watered, of the beautiful and mysterious black people everywhere present but with whom contact was not encouraged except in the workplace, the 1950s and 60s architecture and home furnishings that were never really a part of my background.This movie is the first I ever saw of American apartheid. (Pre-1970 visits were as a dependant child of a favorite younger brother. Subsequent visits were as a fully emancipated young adult, cousin and family man.)

This movie was and remains a powerful testament to personal courage.

What is missing from the film is a sense of the motivation for these behaviors. "Fear" shows itself just enough to not let you forget this was an important factor. One understands entitlement and the psychology of "otherness", but this film overstates the obvious in order to tell its story. It would not transpose easily or well to New Orleans and I suspect to Atlanta or other large southern cities where the unspoken presumption of a "shared feeling" about the other was very subtle but none-the-less important in determining social behaviors.


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