A 1960s-era Mississippi debutante sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black servants behind some of her community's most prominent families. Skeeter (Emma Stone) has just graduated from college, and she's eager to launch her career as a writer. In a moment of inspiration, Skeeter decides to focus her attention on the black female servants who work in her community. Her first subject is Aibileen (Viola Davis), the devoted housekeeper who has been employed by Skeeter's best friend's family for years. By speaking with Aibileen, Skeeter becomes an object of scorn to the wealthy locals, who view her actions as directly challenging to the established social order. Before long, even more servants are coming forward to tell their stories, and Skeeter discovers that friendship can blossom under the most unlikely of circumstances. Bryce Dallas Howard co-stars in a touching tale of race relations based on author Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name.~Jason Buchanan
Making of the Help: From friendship to film
In their own words: a tribute to the maids of Mississippi
My husband and I have watched this movie over and over and I always see something I didn't notice before. This movie will make you laugh, cry and angry over and over. In the end you will be all smiles and want to watch again.
I did not read the book, but I saw this movie twice and I must say that it has humor, sadness, bold messages without being preachy, and it makes people wake up as to what you might be saying about someone when they are not in the room, - Just because they have a different lifestyle or skin color doesn't mean they are less than you or slow for that matter. Bryce Dallas Howard ( Ms.Hilly Holbrook) the primary antagonist in the film does a superb job at being a * beep* you would never know that she was raised by Ron Howard ( her father). In an interview she even admitted " It was scary, how naturally it came..being so mean". Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastin ( and a too brief Sissy Spacek ) make a great cast of catty women and maids. Who learn how to get along the hard way- and how life used to be and probably still is for racist people and those it hurts. It sounds preachy, but its hilarious- and touching.