How do you make a movie on a topic so sensitive, but leave viewers laughing and full of hope? Ask Tate Taylor, writer and director of "The Help."

The civil rights film tells the tale of an aspiring writer in Jackson, Mississippi who decides to create a piece of work based on the perspective of "the help" (African-American maids). Skeeter Phelan (the writer, played by Emma Stone) would form "frowned-upon" relationships with the housekeepers, who would tell their side of the story - how they were treated and what it was like to raise a child who could one day become your "boss."

As I continue to review all of the films that could possibly be in the running for the Academy Award's Best Picture category (we'll find out all the nominees on 1/24), it's hard to put my thoughts into words with this one...unless you'd accept random words - inspiring, powerful, insightful, beautiful, perfect.

To me, it's a must-see. The writing was superb, as was the acting, and I accept to see a few members of the cast on the ballots for Lead and Supporting Actress.

The film lasts for nearly two-and-a-half hours, but not one scene had me uninterested.

It is no longer in theaters; you'll have to check it out on DVD, like I did last night.

Quick note: my vote, still, for Best Picture of 2011 is The Descendants.

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