The Help

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
By Tricia Stevens


It’s the 1960’s in Mississippi. Skeeter (Emma Stone), a southern society girl and aspiring writer returns from college only to turn her friends’ lives and a small Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.

Pictured here: Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer Viola Davis

Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories, and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly and unwillingly caught up in the changing times.

Pictured here: Cicely Tyson, Lila Rogers, Sissy Spacek

The Help is based on Kathryn Stockett’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, and Sissy Spacek. The Dreamworks Studios film will be in theaters on August 12, 2011.

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