So I just saw The Secret Life of Bees and I recommend it. For those who read and enjoyed the book, I'd say the movie sticks very close to Sue Monk Kidd's novel. I don't know, but I'd bet she feels really good about this movie.
For those who might be a little wary of a story about self-sacrificing black women taking care of a young white girl, I say...you'll be surprised. The movie makes a lot of hard points (including one character saying "It's funny white people hate us so much when so many of them were raised by black women.") Bees doesn't shy away from the reality of life in 1964 (or 2008).
For those with mother issues, you'll cry. I did. And I heard a whole lot of sniffling in the theater. Dakota Fanning gives a lovely performance as young Lily and Queen Latifah is, as always, warm as butter on the screen. They're all fabulous!
Go see this movie, and see it this weekend. Show Hollywood that a movie written (adapted from the book), directed, produced and starring black women can be a hit!