The Help

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

This film has Viola Davis going for it, and she is more than enough. In 1960s Jackson, Miss., young Miss Skeeter (Emma Stone) undertakes a clandestine book project gathering stories from the African-American housekeepers and child-raisers. Skeeter elicits counsel and stories from Aibileen (Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) while standing off against the despicable queen bee of privilege and prejudice, Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard). The movie is a very pretty and somewhat generic thing visually, but Davis steals the show.

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