Jim Crow is not an actual person but a set of segregation laws, known as Jim Crow laws that mandated separation of facilities between whites and nonwhites, e.g., public schools, public transportation, restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains, in the southern United States from 1876 to 1965. Other examples of segregation laws, as read aloud by Aibileen from a pamphlet of the Mississippi Laws Governing the Conduct of Nonwhites and Other Minorities include: (1) No person shall require any white female to nurse in wards or rooms in which Negro men are placed; (2) Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and colored schools but shall continue to be used by the race first using them; (3) No colored barber shall serve as a barber to white women or girls; and (4) Any person printing, publishing, or circulating written matter urging for public acceptance of social equality between Whites and Negros is subject to imprisonment. School segregation was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954, and most of the other Jim Crow laws were eventually overruled by the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
What is 'The Help' about?
Recent college graduate Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan (Emma Stone) returns to her hometown in Jackson, Mississippi and lands a job at The Jackson Journal writing the 'Miss Myrna' cleaning advice column. Raised as a southern society girl, Skeeter has little experience cleaning, since it's the 1960s and all white society women have black maids to do the cooking, housework, and child-raising. In order to get help answering the letters until she 'gets a knack for it', Skeeter asks her best friend Elizabeth Leefolt (Ahna O'Reilly) if she might be allowed to speak with her maid, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis). Elizabeth agrees 'as long as it doesn't interfere' with Aibileen's work. After seeing the way her friends, particularly the arrogant Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), treat and talk condescendingly about their own maids, and learning that her mother (Allison Janney) fired their beloved maid Constantine (Cicely Tyson) after 29 years working for the Phelans, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids (referred to as 'the help'), exposing the racism they face when working for white families...that is, if she can get any maids, most of whom fear for their lives, to talk to her.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Help can be found here.