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Since it first landed in theaters in early August, "The Help," directed by Tate Taylor, has struck a special chord of civil rights commentary with a feel-good finish. The film, starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, tells the story of a white female journalist who befriends two black maids in Mississippi during the 1960s after she sets out to write a book featuring the voices and experiences of domestic workers, often referred to as "the help." Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, its emphasis on race relations and prejudice in the Civil Rights-era South offered a simple friendship story with bouts of heartbreaking, well-acted realism that has since earned Oscar buzz for Stone and Davis. The film opened at No. 2 at the box office and has so far grossed over $93 million.