An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Siddalee, a famous New York playwright, is quoted in Time magazine and infuriates her dramatic, Southern mother. A long-distant fight wages until her mother's friends (and members of the Yaya Sisterhood) kidnap Siddalee and take her "home" to the South, where they hope to explain her mother's history and to patch up the rift between mother and daughter. Written by
This movie has been on the pay channels so long and its mere presence on my digital cable menu has been an irritant for months. So I figured that maybe if I actually just watched it, it may go away.
Hopefully my sacrifice will benefit the greater good because it was such a lame piece of celluloid I was wishing for any kind of interruption to put me out of my misery. Unfortunately, I didn't get it so suffer I did.
This is a classic `chick flick' in the spirit of Fried Green Tomatoes, only it wasn't remotely clever or endearing. Sandra Bullock whines, throws tantrums and sulks throughout the film while `learning about why her mother is the way she is'. Ellen Burstyn, who plays her mother, is grossly underused as is the fantastic Maggie Smith. The entire film was embarrassingly predictable, and when I presume I was supposed to go, `Awwww' with a tear in my eye and clapping my hands with glee I was looking around for a receptacle.
Female empowerment? No. Waste of time? Yes.
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