The Help (2011)

A revisionist white fantasy—The lives of black domestic workers in the segregated Jim-Crow South, written over with a fairytale pen.

Regan Humphrey

In 1963, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), recent graduate and aspiring journalist, settles in back home in Jackson, Mississippi. After being offered a job as a columnist at the local newspaper, she gets the idea to write a book, showcasing the perspectives of African-American domestic workers. Though a dangerous undertaking in the segregated Jim Crow south, Skeeter manages to bring two domestic workers, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), onboard her project. The completion and publication of the book sends shockwaves through their small town community.

REF SCORE: 24%

Soundtrack: 0%
Story: 60%
Writing: 60%
Diversity: 100%
Daring: 40%
Racism: PERVASIVE — 100%
Gender Bias: ADDRESSED — 20%
Homophobia: ADDRESSED — 15%

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