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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (140.5min)

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December 14, 2011
December 17, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... We are all equal at the foot of the Cross.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks, Touchstone Pictures, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Reliance Entertainment, 1492 Pictures/Harbinger Pictures
Distribution (US): Beuna Vista
Director(s): Tate Taylor
Producer(s): Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, L. Dean Jones, Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll, Mohamed Mubarak Mazroouel, Sonya Lunsford
Written by: Tate Taylor
Based on Novel by Kathryn Stockett
Cinematography/Camera: Steven Goldblatt
Music: Thomas Newman
Film Editing: Hughes Winborne
Casting: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
Production Design: Shelly Long
Art Direction: Curt Beech
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

This is a complex story. It is heavy with portrayal of racial hatred, denigration and derision; of belittling the African American of the mid century 1900s Mississippi, compartmentalizing any one with black skin into a second-class status. Whether the content is accurate to the reality of the day it might rekindle awareness of the wrongs that Caucasian America did to the African American.

Before I get into an attempt to do right to this masterpiece of the period, let me remind all that when we each stand before Jesus as He sits on the Throne of Judgment, Jesus will not be black, white, Jew, Gentile, Baptist, Catholic or anything but Jesus. In a similar sense, He will care not about the color of our skin as He judges us. We are all equal at the foot of the Cross. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.

"No person shall require any white female to nurse in wards or rooms in which Negro men are placed. Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and coloured schools, but shall continue to be used by the race first using them. No coloured barber shall serve as a barber to white women or girls. Any person printing, publishing or circulating written matter urging for public acceptance or social equality between whites and Negroes is subject to imprisonment." This is portrayed as read from the Mississippi pamphlet No. 1: The Laws Governing the Conduct of Nonwhites and other Minorities and perfectly sets the stage for the theme of this show.

The above pamphlet is read by white Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) and is narrated by black maid Aibileen "Aibee" Clark (Viola Davis) as Skeeter reads it to herself. Skeeter has gotten the burr under her saddle to write about the plight of "the help": the black females who serve whites as maids for 95 cents an hour. Though in the movie it is illegal to do so, Skeeter, due to her close friendship with a black maid with whom Skeeter grew up, has seen the until now invisible wrongdoings being done to the blacks of Jackson, Mississippi and has decided to write a book about it. Anonymously, of course. And 13 maids agree to tell in that book their stories of service to white folks. Anonymously, of course.

One of the skits in the film which is particularly poignant is when Minnie Jackson (Octavia Spencer) baked a chocolate pie as an apology offering after her previous boss, Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) fired Minnie for using the inside bathroom during a heavy rain. Hilly allowed Minnie to come back in the house because Hilly knew that Minnie's pies were culinary treasures. It was not until after two slices that Hilly discovered the secret ingredient in the pie. Because of the kind of woman Hilly is, this setting is a good place to bring up the old adage "You are what you eat."

I'll not spoil any more of the story because, though I typically do not like or appreciate this genre of story, it has much to say that you may also appreciate but if I spoiled any more of it herein, it would not be as rich an entertainment experience for you should you decide it is fit.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 86 out of 100
One of the characters performs a self-abortion and admits to having done it twice before. Also, during an arrest of a combative black woman the police use a night stick on her head to subdue her. In addition, one of the characters steals a ring she found during cleaning.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Profanity is used 26 times. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] That is in addition to abuse of God's name incorporated in the Offense to God content investigation area. But the strongest presence of impunity and hatred in this film is in a strong content of vanity [Prov. 30:8] and a stronger content of racial denigration and derision and hatred of blacks. [Gal. 3:28] Also found were an adult daughter's disrespect of her mother, lying and vengeance with hatred against blacks.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
A few examples of excessive cleavage, one instance of inappropriate touch, a mother and daughter in underwear, a discussion about lesbianism and a woman in a bathtub and on a commode combine to force loss of 21 of the starting 100 pints in this investigation area. [1 Ths. 4:7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 15 out of 100
While alcohol, drinking and drunkenness are not as prevalent in this PG-13 as in many PG-13s, smoking rears its ugly head rather often. Let us take a look at what the American College of Physicians say about exposing youth to such content.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    The study has similar things to say about the influence of smoking in and as entertainment as well.

    Offense to God (O) - 41 out of 100
    The content of the film applicable to this investigation area found the magnitude of the content to be equivalent to many R-rated films. Fourteen times someone abuses God's name, four times with the four letter expletive and ten times without it. It might be weak to point out whether the abuse of His name is with or without the four letter expletive since God makes no distinction of abuse of His name with or without any other words. But, though God does not, man indeed does put more weight on the use of His name with the four letter expletive than without it. In either case, God does not exonerate them who use His name in vain, even if it is the flippant three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it. [Deut. 5:11] Whether the offenders believe it or not. Whether they like it or not. Whether they care or not. Further, someone called another a "fool." That places the one who does so in danger of hellfire. [Matt. 5:22] And I did not write the Rules.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were found.



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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Prov. 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
  • Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.] [Now that you know what calling someone a "fool" means it might be wise to not do so.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Help (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 86 out of 100
  • theft
  • self-abortion with blood
  • tale of self-aborting twice before
  • police brutality

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 26 uses of profanity
  • segregation based on skin color
  • strong presence of vanity
  • racial hatred, denigration, derision, frequent
  • adult daughter disrespect of mother
  • lie
  • narration of "laws" belittling the black race
  • spousal abuse with injury
  • mother teaching black daughter to be servile to whites
  • vengeance with hatred

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
  • woman in bathtub
  • inappropriate touch
  • adult in underwear, two
  • talk about lesbianism
  • woman on commode
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 15 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze
  • drunkenness, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 41 out of 100
  • 14 abuses of God's name, four with the four letter expletive
  • calling another "fool"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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