The Help

An interesting, but not completely successful, story of black housekeepers in the segregated South. The stories of women who raise white children who grow up to be their employers are powerfully told.  And the film does a better job than any I’ve seen at depicting the casual cruelties of Jim Crow. But the film never answers the most interesting question it asks — what does it feel like to raise the children of white families, while your own children are raised by others?

The acting is generally good — I especially liked Allison Janney and Sissy Spacek in small roles.  (Mary Steenburgen was ridiculous, though).

Recommended, with reservations.

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