(summary from IMDb)
Jackson, Mississippi, 1962: aspiring writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Stone) returns home after college, where unexpected friendships with African-American maids Aibeleen Clark (Davis) and Minny Jackson (Spencer) result in a book that gives a previously unheard voice to a community's suffering.
I've been seeing The Help on shelves all over but I've just not pick it up. After seeing the trailer I decided to take a shortcut and see the movie.
You know how most of the time that the books are better than the movie; well if The Help by Kathryn Stockett is better than the movie... READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!
The movie was fan-freakin-tastic! I was laughing one moment and crying the next.
Most of the actors and actresses that were in the movie I've seen before and they all did great jobs. I got a surprise when I saw Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds from True Blood) play a character without makeup and fake eyelashes. He had a short part but I kept looking for the Lafayette swagger.
One of the actresses I've not seen before is Jessica Chastain, that plays Celia Foote. She was terrific!
Bryce Dallas Howard was THE Queen B in the movie.
I've never really been a fan of chocolate pie and after watching The Help I don't think I'll be in hurry to eat any. (If you've read the book or seen the movie you know what I'm taking about LMAO!!)
I highly recommend that you see The Help in theaters. It was a funny and heart warming movie. I've got to add the book to my wishlist.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
(summary from Goodreads)
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.