Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s period 1960s novel, The Help, follows a writer, Skeeter (Emma Stone) in Jackson, Mississippi. She publishes a risky novel from the point of view of the help (as in, the hired help.)
Prejudice, ignorance, revelation, and transcendence abound. Based on the two trailers I’ve seen, it looks like a real winner, even within the less serious summer blockbuster timeline.
The Help stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.
The Help opens August 12, 2011.