April 19th, 2011
03:16 PM ET
The subject matter of “The Help” involves a serious topic – racial injustice in the 1960s South - but the newly released trailer for the anticipated film opts for a more humorous approach.
“Easy A” star Emma Stone stars as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a recent grad returning to her roots in Jackson, Mississippi, when segregation still ruled.
One of its chief proponents is Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard), who’s seen in the trailer promoting a bill that would require the African-American hired help to use an outdoor restroom rather than the one used by the white families they care for.
And there we have the plot: Skeeter decides to bring the discrimination to light by writing a tell-all book from the point of view of “the Help,” including maids Aibileen, played by Viola Davis, and Minny, portrayed by Octavia Spencer.
The novel of the same name that the movie’s based on has sparked plenty of dialogue, and earlier this year the story even launched a lawsuit against author Kathryn Stockett, a Jackson native who's said that one of the book's characters was inspired by the African-American maid her family employed when she was growing up.
For those who’ve read the book, does the trailer seem to stick to the story? Even if you haven’t picked up the weighty book club favorite, do you want to check out the film?
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