The Help is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, which is quite popular. This is another book I probably need to read. The film stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel, David Oyelowo, and Cicely Tyson. The screenplay is written by Tate Taylor and he also directs The Help. This looks like a good one. Synopsis:
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (star of the breakout hit, “Zombieland”) as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns 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. Academy Award(R) nominee Viola Davis (“Eat Pray Love”) stars as Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who 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.
The Help is in theatres August 12, 2011.