I saw this movie this past summer with some friends of mine and we all enjoyed it. The book and film has caused some controversy because the book's main characters are African American maids and the author is white. So how could she know how "the help" felt. The movie also takes multiple shots at southern women. Some southerners believe they have been portrayed inaccurately but I do not think there is really any point to this. The film is a feel good movie with some real fine performances from Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer. The movie is full of heart and is very funny. It is not meant to be 100% historically accurate it is just a fun movie. I enjoyed the movie but thought it was a little overlong and did not need as much time as it took. Viola Davis is really what carries this movie, without her the movie would not be a success but she is fantastic and you feel all of her pain. Keep watch for a possible Oscar nomination for her.
3.5 out of 5 Stars