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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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The Help is rated PG-13: for thematic material.

Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Studio: 2011 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Website: Official site for The Help.

Detailed Review

The Academy Awards are still months away, but there is a feeling of Oscars in the air thanks to the strong female cast in the superbly acted movie The Help.… 
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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… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

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