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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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Who reigns in this social arena? Who is marginalized? What societal pressures do the characters experience? Why are these conventions so strong? Who, besides the maids, are lower in the pecking order?

How do rumors and lies hurt the reputation of others in this story? Why is it so difficult for people to prove their innocence?

How are wigs used to depict the two-faced nature of this society? Are there other objects that take on symbolic meanings in this story?

What is ironic about the women’s fundraiser for starving children in Africa? Is it sometimes easier to see problems in other parts of the world rather than in our own community?

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