YMMV / The Help

  • Award Snub: Many people were expecting Viola Davis to win Best Actress that year over Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (even Streep herself was sure that Davis would win).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene in the book where Minny and Celia are attacked by a naked man at Celia's house doesn't have any real relevance to the rest of the story and is pretty weird to boot. Presumably it was included to show to that Celia is tougher than she looks and can fight for herself, but it's jarring all the same.
    • Actually, in adds more than you think. It's not there to show that Celia is tough, but to show how far she's fallen in her isolation.
  • Critical Dissonance: Somewhat. Most reviews of the film were only moderately positive but audiences went nuts for it, hyping it up to be a flawless, must-see movie.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Mrs. Phelan stands up for her daughter.
    • When Aibileen delivers Shut Up, Hannibal! and "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Hilly.
      • And more specifically within that scene, Aibileen to Hilly: "I don't know. I been told I'm a pretty good writer. Already sold a whole lot of books!"
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Celia cooking a special feast for Minny to say thank you.
    • Some of the maid's stories about their kinder employers
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The book is published and the maids' stories are out. But Aibileen is now an unemployed black woman in the pre-Civil Rights Deep South whose made enemies with the local white Alpha Bitch. Doesn't seem like things have improved much.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Celia was able to carry a child after Minny starts teaching her to cook. Prior to that, she was probably subsisting on Coca-Cola and alcohol based on what we see of her habits, not an environment conducive to pregnancy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the film, Emma Stone plays the main protagonist and Bryce Dallas Howard plays the film's antagonist. So the new Gwen Stacy is facing against the former Gwen Stacy.
  • Hollywood Homely: Skeeter, apparently by early 1960s standards.
  • Never Live It Down: Sure, Hilly was a real rhymes-with-witch, but you eat one special pie...
  • One-Scene Wonder: Skeeter's boss and editor-in-chief, who is amusingly cranky and is a Sir Swears-a-Lot.
  • The Woobie: Aibileen and Celia are the biggest candidates.