If your a woman of about my age, then you know and fondly remember the following statement: Punky Power!
In 1984, a new young lady burst onto the television landscape, influencing a whole generation of young girls.
Her name was Punky Brewster. Airing from 1984 to 1988, Penelope “Punky” Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) is left by mother with her dog, Brandon at a grocery store. Instead of going to the orphanage, Punky is taken in by curmudgeonly, but secretly warm-hearted Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), who gives her and Brandon the home they sorely need.
Back in the day, Punky Brewster was the perfect kids show. Punky, was well, Punky. The then young audience members could relate to her and appreciate living temporarily vicariously Punky’s adventures. And it was nice to see a female lead in a show aimed squarely at kids.
Do I recommend it? Why not?
Idealism is a wonderful thing. It allows us to see the possibilities in life.
In The Help (2011), Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer. Eager to impress her new bosses at the local newspaper, Skeeter embarks on a story that shocks those around her and changes her world: she wants to interview the African-American maids who have silently worked for their white employers for years without being properly noticed or appreciated. The only problem is that Skeeter lives in the 1960’s era South where Segregation, while slowly eroding away, is still considered to be the law of the land.
At the risk of her reputation and her relationships, especially with her old friend, Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), Skeeter interviews Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis). Will Skeeter’s story be printed for the world to read and what will be the consequences of her actions?
Based on the book of the same name, this movie is incredibly funny and poignant. Containing strong female characters who, good or bad, are fully fleshed out, this film is a reminder of not just how far we have come, but how far we need to go.
Do I recommend it? Yes.