People who argue that it’s a realistic movie are incorrect: the men of Jackson, Miss., would have killed several of these maids. The happy ending we get — Viola Davis’ Aibileen walking home unharmed as the screen fades to black — is fraudulent and so surreally absurd as to be Dalí-esque.

'The Help': Loathsome Movie Renews 'Magical Negro' Role

I’ll admit to knowing as little as culturally possible about this book & movie, but I do want to promote the occasional positive impact it has, such as this outstanding essay.

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