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  •  I'm not planning on watching it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Renee, wishingwell

    I might be more interested in seeing The Help if it was a truly bifurcated story told by and through the eyes of one of the maids, and by and through the eyes of one of the wives that hired them.  But I perhaps unreasonably compare it to that Sandra Bullock movie (can't remember the name) where a white Georgian woman found her calling by adopting a black high school football player.  Not only does Sandra Bullock give me the creeps but the whole premise of the movie gave me the creeps - it seemed to be about this feisty white woman with an emotionally damaged very large black adopted son, playing a supportive role almost like a prop.  More about her, less about him.  

    Will read a novel instead for my book club - Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas.  Seems also to be about the delicate ground in interactions across racial divides, in this case a black father with a white ex-wife. Anyone read it?  

    "Sedimentary people stay in one place. They only interact with other sedimentary people."

    by ivorybill on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 02:13:43 PM PDT

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    •  You might try reading the book The Help. (3+ / 0-)
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      second alto, ivorybill, emal

      I wanted to hate it, but instead I think she did a good job of being honest about cultural divides and what it meant and continues to mean to people. I will not be going to see the move because I'm afraid it's more of a feel good experience.

      "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." - President George W. Bush, February 24, 2001

      by Renee on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 03:33:58 PM PDT

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    •  The Movie was The Blind Side and n that case, (3+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, evergreen2, ivorybill

      it was a true story.   I do not think that movie or book would have been a hit had her adopted son not become a very successful football player who plays in the National Football League.  

      The problem with the movie is that it does not tell the story of the young man but it is about the mother who adopted him. They movie tries to make a heroine out of a wealthy, right wing Christian women , who takes this boy off the streets and adopts him.  

      The women sacrificied nothing at all except her country club friends disapproved of her bringing a black boy into her home because she had a white teenaged daughter.  
      Yes she told them off but that was about it.

    •  and In that movie, I was more troubled by the (1+ / 0-)
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      fact that the boy she adopts has to go to this Christian School and go to their church and basically become white and play order to be fully accepted into their family.

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