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THE HELP

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 146m 4s

Release date 14/10/2019

Ratings Info racist language and behaviour

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Tate Taylor

Cast includes Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek

Summary THE HELP is a drama, from 2011, in which a white journalist investigates the racism suffered by black maids working for white families during the 1960s.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 04/10/2019

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE HELP is a drama, from 2011, in which a white journalist investigates the racism suffered by black maids working for white families during the 1960s.

Discrimination

Racism is a theme of the film. There are scenes in which black women are discriminated against by their white employers; black women are referred to as being "owned" and are forced to use outside toilets so they don't "infect" the space of the white home owners. There are uses of racist language when white characters refer to black people as 'niggers'.

There is a scene of crude humour when a woman seeks revenge by making a pie out of her own faeces and offering it to her employer to eat. A woman is seen with blood on her nightgown as she tells another woman that she has had a miscarriage. There is mild bad language ('shit'), mild sex references, which includes a use of the phrase "knocked up", and a scene of implied domestic abuse when a woman backs away in fear from her aggressive husband.

Details

Title
THE HELP
Year
2019
Distributor(s)
WDSMP UK
Classified date(s)
09/10/2019
Main language
English
Submitted run time
146m 4s
Approved footage
13146+0
BBFC reference
BFF280621
Registration number
CFJ48809

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