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Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

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The Help

Based on Kathryn Stockett's excellent novel, this film disappoints from the outset. Beginning with several poor casting choices, undercut by unsuitable music, and plagued by a bad script and bad directing, the film never settles on a point of view. Though faithful in chunks to the source material, it also alters or omits enough detail to frustrate readers and bewilder audiences. With its pedigree, The Help should have headed straight for Oscar contention; instead, it fails to deliver on its meaningful subject matter.

** (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


2011 • 2 HOURS, 26 MINUTES
DREAMWORK PICTURES • RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT • PARTICIPANT MEDIA • IMAGENATION • 1492 PICTURES • HARBINGER PICTURES

STARRING
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EMMA STONEVIOLA DAVISBRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

ALSO STARRING
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OCTAVIA SPENCERJESSICA CHASTAINALLISON JANNEY

WRITTEN BY
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TATE TAYLOR
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KATHRYN STOCKETT (BASED ON THE BOOK)

DIRECTED BY
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TATE TAYLOR

2011 ACADEMY AWARDS (1)
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: OCTAVIA SPENCER

ADDITIONAL 2011 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (3)
• BEST PICTURE (LOST TO
THE ARTIST)
• BEST ACTRESS: VIOLA DAVIS (LOST TO
MERYL STREEP FOR THE IRON LADY)
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: JESSICA CHASTAIN (LOST TO OCTAVIA SPENCER FOR
THE HELP)

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