In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. Black maids raise white children, but no one trusts them not to steal the silver. Black maids clean the toilets but they have their own at the back of the house.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home from college: she may have a degree, but her mother won't be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. She would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared.
Aibileen is a black maid, a smart woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her since the death of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. Aibileen's best friend is Minny, short, fat and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue.
Seemingly different as can be, these three women will come together for a clandestine project that will put their lives at risk. The Help is about how women, whether they are mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other. It's about the emotions of domestic life: pride, competition on the cooking and home front, and the horrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them and even love them better than you.
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