Octavia Spencer, left, and Viola Davis star as all-but-invisible domestics in 1960s Mississippi in The Help.
Octavia Spencer, left, and Viola Davis star as all-but-invisible domestics in 1960s Mississippi in The Help.
Octavia Spencer, left, and Viola Davis star as all-but-invisible domestics in 1960s Mississippi in The Help.

'The Help': Civil rights melodrama pulls domestics out of the background

August 10, 2011 12:00 AM