The Help – Trailer, Photos and Cast

Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in The Help

Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in 'The Help' - © DreamWorks Pictures

Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling book comes to the big screen with one of her close friends as the director and another close friend, Octavia Spencer, in one of the lead roles.

Starring: Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer [full cast list under the 'Cast' tab] Directed By: Tate Taylor
Release Date: August 10, 2011
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 137 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material
Review: Read the full review

Official Synopsis: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, The Help stars Emma Stone 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. Viola Davis 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' Resources

Emma Stone – ‘Skeeter’
Viola Davis – ‘Aibileen’
Bryce Dallas Howard – ‘Hilly Holbrook’
Octavia Spencer – ‘Minny Jackson’
Ahna O’Reilly – ‘Elizabeth’
Sissy Spacek – ‘Mrs Walters’
Cicely Tyson – ‘Constantine Jefferson’
Jessica Chastain – ‘Celia Foote’
Mike Vogel – ‘Johnny Foote’
Chris Lowell – ‘Stuart Whitworth’
Anna Camp – ‘Jolene’
Allison Janney – ‘Charlotte Phelan’

Rebecca Murray

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Journalist covering the entertainment industry for more than 13 years. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and San Diego Film Critics Society.

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