Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Running time: 146min
Koreans have a better attitude towards white people than black people. But because the world has become so globalized, people need to be able to share their attitudes without prejudice. I'll introduce the movie The Help to tell people about racial discrimination. This movie is based on the novel of the same name. The Help topped the box office for three straight weeks. With honesty and humor the movie shows the difficulties African Americans experience.
The movie was set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, which had severe racism. African Americans had to use separate entrances, restrooms and water fountains. Skeeter, the main character, returns home after graduating from college to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She decides to interview the African American women who have been housekeepers their whole lives. None of them will talk for fear of losing their jobs. Eventually, Aibileen, her best friend’s housekeeper, talks to her.
She listens to Aibileen's life story and learns some troubling things. Aibileen thought her only choice in life was to be a housekeeper because her mother was a housekeeper and her grandma was a house slave. She took care of her employers children while someone else had to take care of her own kids. Even after she lost her own children, she stayed faithful to her white employer. Despite everything she did, she was never treated as family.
After hearing Aibileen’s stories, Skeeter is upset about the treatment of the housekeepers and is more determined than ever to share their stories. After Abileen’s best friend Minny is fired for using the wrong bathroom, she decides to talk to Skeeter. Minny’s replacement is arrested for trying to pawn a ring she found to pay for her son’s college tuition. That was the last straw for many of the other housekeepers and they come forward to tell their stories.
The book is published anonymously to try to protect everyone involved in the project. Everyone in Jackson starts reading the book and soon figures out that the stories are about the people in their town. The white woman who fired Minny is especially determined to convince people it isn’t about Jackson because there is a story about her eating a pie with a special ingredient. Skeeter shares the advance on the book equally with all the women who participated and promises them more money in the future.
In the end, the main characters have positive futures: Skeeter took a good job in New York, Minny found a good family who gave her a job for life and Abileen decides to become a writer herself. They all a took a big chance in working on that book, but they were rewarded for their honesty.
We can still see racial discrimination all over the world. I hope people will become interested in racial discrimination and try to change their communities. It will take bravery to do that just like Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter showed. I hope this movie will encourage you to make the world a better place.