Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

My thoughts on the movie “The help”

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I recently watched the movie “The Help” in my Women’s Study Course. I don’t know if you all are familar with the movie or not but here’s a lttle back ground.  The movie is set in Mississippi in the 1960’s. Skeeter (One of the main characters) is a college graduate who returns from school determined to become a writer. She ends up causing all kinds of cahos when she decides to interview the black women (maids) who have spent their lives taking care of upper class southern families. Before i saw this movie seeing the commercials and preveiws i kept thinking to myself this is just another one of those “ye’s ah master” slave movies that’s going to make me angry. When we was obligated to watch it in class i was like well i have to now. Suprisingly it was a very delightful heart touching movie. It was more than a stupid “slave” movie, it gave me an insight on how things were back in the day for the women. Yes we’ve all seen African American civil right movies and documentaries, but they were never about the maids and the women of the 60’s. That’s what made this movie different, this movie showed me that it wasnt just hard for black women in those days, even thoug they had it the hardest. It also was a struggle for the white women. White women couldn’t be true about who they really where without being judge. It was illegal for Skeeter to go to maid’s house and talk to them. It was illegal for her to even be talking to them in public. Skeeter felt there was nothing wrong with this because deep down she wasnt a racist she loved black people one raised her. This movie touched my heart because these African American women took care of white women kids all day and some of the night. Just to make a living for their own kids, and they weren’t even appreciated. At the end of the move Aibileen (the main maid) got fired from her job and the little white child that she was raising couldn’t bare to see her leave. At some point in the movie the little girl told her “you is my real mama”. Kids barley knew their parents back then the only thing th white parents did for their kids was give them spankings. Overall this was a great movie  i reccomend it to anyone with a heart. It stir up mixed emotions all through the film you get some laughs, angry, and even some tears.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this movie as I was skeptical in the beginning as well, but like you I enjoyed it more than expected. Also wanted to pass along another film that you may like coming out soon that I recently was told about that reminds me of this one. Steve Talley & Eric Roberts star in Deadline, an independent film based on another true story in the south. Race, murder, family & redemption are themes that run rampant through this well written movie as it tells the story of an unsolved & uninvestigated murder of a young black man over 20 years ago. A young investigative journalist believes he must get to the bottom of the case, & things begin to change as he digs into the past. Watch the trailer at deadlinefilm.com & get more info – from your comments in this post, I think you may enjoy this one too! Thanks again!

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