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Film Review: The Help

By Dave Minkus
Score: 3/4

Apparently, The Help is a best-selling book that everybody loves.  Not always do good books translate into good movies.  Ok, let’s be honest.  For every good book-to-movie translation, there are at least a hundred crappy ones.  So is The Help the exception to the rule, or another in a long line of stinkers?  The truth lies somewhere in between.

Taking place at the beginning of the civil rights movement, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is home from college an enlightened young woman with the goal of becoming a journalist.  After landing a gig doing a housekeeping column, she goes to a party being thrown by her old high school friends.  While there, she notices how poorly the titular help are treated.  Moved by the injustice, she decides to write a tell-all book from the help’s perspective.  Will it change the world or get everyone killed?

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