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DON'T FORGET YOUR KLEENEX,
on May 19, 2016
The movie is set in Jackson, Mississippi. The upper crust society employs black people in a way that is not far from slavery. The racial attitudes were such that it made me tearful and sad. Emma Stone plays the overly hip daughter, Skeeter, who has come home from her 4 years at Old Miss. She was taken a job as a journalist with the Jackson newspaper. She is ahead of her time as she doesn't share many of the racial views, or typical roles women must play. Her job at the paper requires her to take over a column on giving household hints, something she knows nothing about and must go to "the help" for advice. She is also stirred by the fact the family fired Constance(Cicely Tyson), the "woman who raised her."
Skeeter aspires to be a book writer. She decides to write a book from the view of the maids who raise white children and aren't allowed to use the same restrooms in the house (black people carry different diseases than white people). The only problem with the idea is that no maid wants to tell on their boss for fear of getting fired, or having their house burn down. It was also illegal in Mississippi for Skeeter to write such a book.
After a few incidents and a rousing sermon about courage, Aibileen, played magnificently by Viola Davis, breaks down and consents to tell her story followed by Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer). Skeeter also hangs out with her white friends led by Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) who has written a bill for the state attorney's general requiring families that hire black people be required to have a separate restroom for them. (There is nothing worse than going over to a white person's help knowing the maid uses the guest toilet.) Eventually the maids tell their stories, some nice, some not so nice.
Skeeter's mom is concerned that her daughter isn't married or has a boyfriend and sets her up at every opportunity.
The movie takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. One second you are laughing, the next sad. You go from angry to joyful. It was superbly acted and directed. If you go to watch it, bring Kleenex.
Uses the N-word. No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.