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FOR WEEK BEGINNING
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
Your enthusiasm knows no bounds during September 13-16 so you
tend to leap into situations without fully thinking things through.
Your patience is thin so you could be a little testy.
It is not wise to follow impulsive emotional urges during September
13-16 because there is the possibility that you could land yourself in
a bit of hot water. Think before acting.
Gemini is surrounded by motivated, active people during September
13-16, a situation which tends to stir up your own ambitions. You’ll
be surprised with what you can achieve.
Cancerians are out there in the thick of action during September
13-16, making a name for themselves. It is a brave face that you bear
to the world then.
Courageous Leo tends to meet with success during September 13-16
as actions you take then tend to assist in overcoming problems.
Keep your eyes peeled for tricky situations though.
Irritations tend to surface during September 13-16, causing Virgo to
reflect on various aspects of their life. You may not necessarily like
what you see then.
During September 13-16 you want to be involved with other people
and are not happy just to sit around and let life pass you by. Meeting
people takes you places.
You are very sensitive to family situations: sometimes too much so.
During September 13-16 you need to be aware of this tendency and
compensate for it.
You are very much interested in the practical application of your
skills during September 13-16, and will actively seek the utilisation
of your knowledge.
Why walk when you can run? Aquarius will be moving at breakneck
speed during September 13-16, which is not necessarily the best way
to go about your daily routines.
The game of life is in full swing during September 13-16 as you
participate in active recreational interests. Other possibilities include
full involvement in parental roles or responding to the call of love.
Quick exchanges of cash seem to be a feature of September 13-16 as
you rustle up a little activity here. You feel particularly lucky with the
acquisitions you make.
A feel-good movie
THE BIG SCREEN
Feel-good: The Help deals with the issues of racism, self worth, friendship
and humanity in a soft manner.
The 1960s was a decade of social
change. These changes affected
everything from social rights and
womens’ entitlements to rock music
The Help approaches the changes
that occurred in the 60s from the
perspective of African American wom-
en who worked as domestic helpers in
Mississippi. Even the word used to
describe African Americans indicates
one of the changes that has happened
over the decades.
However, the attitudes and emotions
linked to different classes and races is
another matter. They go deeper than
the words or the descriptor.
Skeeter (Emma Stone), a recent
graduate from Mississippi State Univer-
sity, returns to her hometown to pursue a
writing career. Her female friends,
especially the socially-influential Hilly
(Bryce Dallas Howard), lead different
lives from Skeeter. They are consumed
with their bridge club commitments and
running a household for their working
businessmen husbands while ensuring
their hair is beautifully coiffured.
Even Skeeter’s mother Charlotte (All-
ison Janney) is determined to ensure
Skeeter gets married and assumes her
role and position as a woman in
Mississippi society, which means look-
ing pretty, having children, supporting
your husband and leading an incon-
In truth, these women don’t do much,
if any, of the domestic chores. They
employ poor black women to raise their
children, cook their meals, clean their
homes and shop for groceries. In turn,
they treat these women with disregard
Their attitude to the maids is en-
trenched in Mississippi laws. These laws
forbid blacks and whites meeting
together, eating together or using the
Hilly has sent a letter to her local
politician asking for a new law to
demand that every household have a
separate toilet for black workers
because they may have illnesses which
they will impart to whites who may use
the same toilet.
This is not made up for the movie. It
was the attitude and legal position at
that time in the American South.
Although she gets a job writing a
domestic advice column, Skeeter is
determined to write a story about the
maids’ life as told to her by the maids
Because she relates to maids,
especially Aibileen (Viola Davis) and
Minnie (Octavia Spencer), as human
beings rather than slaves, these maids
decide to contribute their stories to
Skeeter’s book. It was not a slight matter
for the maids.
African Americans were murdered
and their houses burned down for
speaking out against racism and
Aibileen and Minnie are taking a
So far The Help sounds like a deep
and dark exploration of human rights
issues. Not so. It is a highly polished film
with lots of humour and emotion. At
times you will feel like letting tears
stream down your check. Other times
you will laugh out loud.
The film uses set pieces to provide
emotional and comic release.
It would be easy to describe the
people, situations and events in The
Help as designer poverty and designer
civil rights. The movie deals with the
issues of racism, self worth, friendship
and humanity in a soft manner. This is
not surprising as the film has been
released by Touchstone Pictures, which
is the adult side of Walt Disney Studios.
It does not, however, mean The Help
treats these matters lightly. It highlights
what existed at the time and how
individuals acting alone and in co-
operation with others, can bring about
small yet significant changes to social
Skeeter is a strong person who
believes women should have rights and
opportunities beyond the kitchen and
marriage. Aibileen and Minnie are
equally strong characters who, apart
from their bosses’ racism, deal with
domestic violence and mistreatment by
police when they are away from their
Minnie, in particular, is hilarious and
delivers moments of hilarity while high-
If you want heavier treatments of
these topics then you go and watch
films like Mississippi Burning, Malcolm X
and Do The Right Thing. Together, all
these films present an overview of the
time, the issues and how people
The Help is a feel-good movie. It does
not pretend to be anything else.
The Help sets out to highlight social
issues while providing the viewers a
safety net in the form of humour and a
The Help, rated M, screens at Li-
melight Tuggeranong, Greater Union
Manuka and Hoyts Cinemas.
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