Running Time: 137 mins.
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel
Director: Tate Taylor
Producers: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei
Screenplay by: Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by: Kathryn Stockett
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “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.
Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.
Film director Tate Taylor brings his second feature Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel THE HELP to the big screen. The result is a very entertaining and well-made movie. Just as the book, the movie is filled with a courageous storyline, reason to shed tears, and plenty of laugh out-loud moments.
Being a fan of the book, and knowing each of the characters to be just as important as the other, I did have my concerns over the casting of Emma Stone (Skeeter). To my surprise, Ms. Stone put those concerns to rest just minutes into the movie. Bringing a strong and lovely performance to such an important role. Viola Davis delivers what in my opinion is her best performance to date. But, she sure doesn’t do it alone. THE HELP is filled with an outstanding ensemble cast. In fact, what makes this movie come to life, as well as the book, is the wonderful chemistry between characters. THE HELP moves quick and offers very little to dislike. My only complaint was not wanting it to end. I found the characters so compelling, and interesting, it left me wanting more.
This movie definitely makes my “Best Of 2011” list. THE HELP is a lovely and vibrant look at not so bright slice of history. (though I do not know how much is factual). A found this movie a great example of courage and strength among women. I’m very much looking forward to viewing it again with my daughters. Even though the cast is female dominate, I don’t think male viewers will be disappointed. There is truly something in it for everyone.