The young white ladies of Jackson, Mississippi (circa 1960) install additional bathrooms to avoid sharing a seat with the colored waitstaff. As a result, crusading young writer Emma Stone pens a tell-all, blasting the lid off bigotry. Working from a best-selling novel, writer/director Tate Taylor reduces all blacks to angels, whites are the devil, and the civil rights movement becomes a vehicle for potty humor (and worse). This makes Driving Miss Daisy look like cinéma vérité. I predict Oscar nominations all around. With Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Cicely Tyson. 2011.

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dwbat Nov. 21, 2011 @ 10:42 a.m.

"The Help" is a lot more than just about "bathrooms" and "potty humor." It's more like "Upstairs, Downstairs" meets "To Kill a Mockingbird." I gave it a 9 out of 10.

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