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Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis

Slavery was never really abolished in America, it was just given a pay rise from zero to 90 cents an hour... Minimum wage. For someone that didn't grow up in those times, the whole racist thing seems so strange and distant, but I have to keep reminding myself it wasn't that long ago, and there are people still alive that lived it.

From the novel by Kathryn Stockett, a white privileged girl (Emma Stone) breaks the mold as she tries to tell the story of what it's like being a negro maid in the deep American south during the early 1960's. Afraid of the repercussions (being visited by some guys in white hoods) Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) are hesitant at first, but can see that the times they are a changin.

The performances by all are great in this hard to swallow story of how cruel humans can be. If you ask white people these days who grew up in those days, why they were like that, most will tell you it's how they were brought up. The irony being, the people that raised them were the negro maids. Mum was too busy sipping Martini's and eating chocolate cake, at least that's what they think they were eating ;-) .
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The Help (2011)
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Review of the 2011 film The Help
Slavery was never really abolished in America, it was just given a pay rise from zero to 90 cents an hour... Minimum wage. For someone that didn't grow up in those times, the whole racist thing seems so strange and distant...
Rating: 4.0

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