A look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women (two black and one white) who strike up an unlikely friendship.
Outspoken Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is a 33-year-old housekeeper who has a reputation as the best cook in Mississippi. She works for Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), but an act of defiance finds her fired and traveling to the outskirts of Jackson to work for lonely, fish-out-of-water Celia Foote (Jessica Chastain). Minny is Aibileen’s best friend and helped her get through her grief over losing her only son. Though strong and independent, Minny nonetheless is the voice of reason, as well as a healthy skeptic, when it comes to Skeeter’s project. A remarkable sisterhood emerges from their improbable alliance, 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 movie is based on the immensely popular NY Times Best Selling novel of the same name (by Kathryn Stockett), which was published in February 2009.