With the offering this month of The Help on Netflix, I thought I’d share a review I wrote at the time.


If The Help were made in a year with, say, 17 other major Hollywood movies starring black actors, would it be problematic? This query is a question I wish the reader to keep in mind as this article proceeds.

The Help is about a young white woman, freshly graduated from Ole Miss, coming home to start her career as a writer. She has an idea to write the true story of maids in Jackson, Mississippi. She then enlists the help of Aibbie and later Minnie in…