History Film / TheHelp

18th Oct '16 5:39:47 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* GreenEyedMonster: From what we see when Elizabeth Leefolt overlooks Aibileen comforting her daughter after slapping her in Hilly's defense, Elizabeth appeared to be jealous of Aibileen's and Mae Mobley's bonding, not just out of racism under Hilly's wing, but also how Aibileen is a better mother-figure towards Mae Mobley then her.
7th Oct '16 1:41:32 PM VicGeorge2011
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A novel released in 2009, then made into a movie in 2011, ''The Help'' (by Kathryn Stockett) is about the life of several black maids in [[TheSixties 1960s]] Jackson, Mississippi, and the IntrepidReporter, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Creator/EmmaStone), who interviews them to try and get their stories out to the world.

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A novel released in 2009, then made into a movie in 2011, ''The Help'' (by Kathryn Stockett) is about the life of several black maids in [[TheSixties 1960s]] Jackson, Mississippi, and the IntrepidReporter, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Creator/EmmaStone), who interviews them to try and get try getting their stories out to the world.
4th Sep '16 1:28:51 PM Give1Take2
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* BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch

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* BackstabbingTheAlphaBitchBackstabbingTheAlphaBitch: Skeeter, Aibleen, and Minny to Hilly. And it is gloriously satisfying.



* BerserkButton: Minny can't contain her contempt when she thinks Celia is an alcoholic.

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* BerserkButton: Minny can't contain her contempt when she thinks Celia is an alcoholic. [[FreudianExcuse Makes sense considering her father and husband are alcoholics.]]



* IntrepidReporter

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* IntrepidReporterIntrepidReporter: Skeeter's book amounts to this, revealing many white ladies' mistreatment of their black domestic help.


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* LighterAndSofter: Most of the characters are portrayed more sympathetically than their book counterparts, particularly [[spoiler:How Skeeter's mother fired Constantine.]]


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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: In the book, Minny notes how racist white men will usually come at a black person with a pipe or a gun, beat them up or kill them, then leave it at that. However, racist white ladies will make sure your entire life and the lives of your entire family are utterly destroyed. Through the right whispers to the right people they get you and your husband hired, blacklisted, inescapably unemployed, evicted from your home, get the relatives you're staying with unemployed and blacklisted too, force your family to resort to crime, make sure they get caught and given the maximum sentence in prison, and so on and so forth.


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* NostalgiaFilter: Skeeter's mother accuses her memories of Constantine being this. She means that Skeeter overlooked Constantine's bad qualities (like having a child out of wedlock), but the reader can also see that Skeeter [[MagicalNegro idealized Constantine as a wise and perfect second mother to herself]] and doesn't seem to realize that Constantine had a life and family outside of her (which Skeeter never shows any interest in).


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* RuleAbidingRebel: Even with some DeliberateValuesDissonance regarding her [[ButNotTooBlack "not too radical"]] view of Civil Rights, Skeeter is sometimes portrayed as a brave and progressive hero of Civil Rights for writing a book that exposes rich white ladies' treatment of their black domestic help, but considering how during this time period a number of whites were actively marching and protesting beside black Civil Rights protesters, and actively pushing for integration and the abolishment of Jim Crow laws that keep blacks down, her single book passive-aggressively showing a sobering mirror to some white ladies' treatment of their black servants isn't really that rebellious.


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* TheReveal: Minny gets two regarding Cecile. The first is [[spoiler:her husband is really nice and knows Minny is working for them, but just humors Cecile by pretending he doesn't know]]. The second is [[spoiler:the seemingly lazy and alcoholic Cecile is actually pregnant and drinking what she thinks is catch tonic to keep from getting another miscarriage]].


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* TrappedByMountainLions: Skeeter's relationship with Stuart is seen as this by some readers and critics of the book. It's completely disconnected from the black characters, the Civil Rights efforts, and Skeeter's secret book, his stance on Civil Rights is never made clear [[DeliberateValuesDissonance nor is Skeeter ever really concerned to find out]], and an ''awful'' lot of pages are dedicated to this relationship that seems to go nowhere until he finally finds out about the book [[spoiler:and promptly dumps Skeeter for it.]]
9th Jul '16 5:32:31 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* LadyDrunk: [[spoiler:Subverted. Celia buys a lot of whisky bottles and drinks them when she doesn't know Minny is watching, causing Minny to assume she is this. The bottles are actually full of a Choctaw remedy supposed to help against Celia's inability to carry to term.]]
18th May '16 11:06:57 AM EthanRicks
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* DemotedToExtra: A Real-life example. Despite the marketing of the film being built around Creator/EmmaStone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer got all the recognition for the movie, leaving Stone in the dust.
29th Apr '16 3:08:42 PM skybox
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** In addition to the obvious racial issues, there's another example that's PlayedForLaughs: Mrs. Phelan is scandalized by the downright tackiness of buying...''an air conditioner.''
29th Apr '16 3:05:37 PM skybox
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** Even 3-year-old Mae Mobley got this treatment. The novel describes her as being a fairly unattractive child, chubby with thin hair and a bald spot. Movie Mae Mobley is a cute kid with barely more than the usual amount of baby fat.
22nd Apr '16 7:48:47 AM skybox
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** In the novel, Skeeter's narration explicitly says, "Because I'm white, I feel it's my duty to help them." There are multiple maids in addition to Minny who call her out on this attitude, however.
15th Apr '16 8:38:07 AM BewilderedClutch
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* HairofGold,HeartofGold: Celia

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* HairofGold,HeartofGold: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Celia
15th Apr '16 8:33:57 AM BewilderedClutch
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* Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Celia

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* Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: HairofGold,HeartofGold: Celia
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