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The Help

In the summer of 1962 Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) returns to Jackson, Mississippi after finishing her university degree. Here the aspiring writer bumps into a story idea: She takes a look at life in the white community from the perspective of the families' African-American maids (two of whom are played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 146
Theater Release: 10 Aug 2011
Video Release: 06 Dec 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Help Rated PG-13?

Violence: Depictions of racial injustices are shown. A woman is beaten with a police baton (off screen). The sounds of an abusive argument are heard. A woman chops off the head of a chicken (off screen). A woman spanks a child. A tainted food product is fed to a character. Characters and TV broadcasts discuss the killing of a Black man and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The bloody aftermath of a miscarriage is portrayed.

Sexual Content: A mother questions her daughter’s sexual orientation. Characters talk about an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and miscarriages. Couples kiss briefly.

Language: The script contains frequent profanities, scatological slang, terms of Deity and the use of racial slurs within a historical context.

Alcohol / Drug Use: In this period film, characters smoke frequently. Drinks are served in social settings. At least two characters are portrayed as drunk, including one woman who drives under the influence.

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