Gallery: The Help
A lovely and earnest throwback to the Women’s pictures of the 1940’s, The Help buzzes with energy and passion for life’s inalienable rights. It’s constructed as an American pastoral of sorts, seamlessly merging the contrasting experiences of many female characters with larger issues of race, gender, and hierarchy. Ultimately, it’s hard to know where one ends and the other begins. Even if villainy and honor are often seen as clear-cut composites, there’s more than enough grey area in between the familiar conventions to make an impact. In that sense, The Help is a rare Hollywood film primarily for adults.
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