August 14th, 2011

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"The Help" does their job

While attending a Family Reunion in Alabama circa 1969, my Dad made a point of introducing Annie Laurie to me, the Watson family cook for many decades. My Mom, Aunt and 10 Uncles kept in touch with Annie Laurie until she died a few years back. It is nice to know that my family treated Annie Laurie with more respect than the Southern Belles treat **The Help** in this movie based on Kathryn Stockett’s best selling book.

Eugenia “Sweeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) returns from college and lands a job with the local newspaper, writing a “Dear Abby” column for house hold chores. Being a Dixie princess, Sweeter seeks advice from a friend’s help, Abilileen Clark (Viola Davis). Reluctant at first, Abilileen helps Skeeter with her column.

As Skeeter gains Aibileen’s trust, the young lady learns much about the sub culture of **The Help,** black ladies who raise white women’s children. From cooking tasty food to changing diapers, these maids of Mississippi are the pillar of southern hospitality. Yet in culture where people are considered equal but separate, the **Help** are not allowed to use their employer’s bathrooms.