The Help Movie Review

One of my most anticipated events at BlogHer was the Disney/DreamWorks screening of “The Help.”

I read The Help the very first week it was released and absolutely loved it. When I heard that it was being made into a film, I was a bit…well, worried. Hollywood has a long history of taking a beloved, wonderful book and turning it to crap. This book was too special to fall in that path and so I hoped I wouldn’t be upset after the screening.

The movie stars Emma Stone as frizzy haired Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, the Ole Miss graduate who comes home to Jackson dreaming of a writing career in New York.

Having been rejected by a Manhattan publisher, but saying she has potential, and to try something daring, Skeeter convinces Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) to share stories of her life as a black maid cleaning up after white people and raising their children.

Soon Aibileen’s friend, the outspoken Minny (Octavia Spencer), is confiding her experiences to Skeeter. As racial tension and violence erupts throughout the South, more maids step forward to join the writing circle and tell of the hardships, humiliations and occasional subversive triumphs they have experienced under their white employers. What happens is that while they themselves don’t know it, they are participating in a civil rights movement that was changing the world around them.

I was relieved that Disney/DreamWorks not only didn’t turn it to crap— but, it was amazing. It had that perfect combo of sentiment, comedy and tragedy. It didn’t run far from the book, despite the little changes here and there but yet it was it’s own entity.

IT MADE ME CRY. I DON’T CRY! Especially not when wearing eye makeup.

My advice? Grab your favorite people (yes, you men too– it’s not a chick flick), some tissues and go see this as soon as you can. Then, make yourself up an adult beverage in a The Help theme such as, one listed below. My pic, a true sassy mama– The Minny. Enjoy!

Sweet, strong and a little spicy
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec
½ oz. cranberry
Finish with jalapeno-orange

Subtle, smooth and strong
1 ¼ oz. coffee liquor
½ oz. bourbon
¼ oz. amaretto
1 oz. cream
1 dash coco nibb bitters

Sour and chilled, with
a sharp twang
1 ½ oz. applejack
½ oz. triple sec
½ oz. lemon juice
Fill with dry hard cider

Strong, with a kick
1 ½ oz. vodka
½ oz. triple sec
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. house-made Tahitian
vanilla syrup

Sugary sweet, a true
Southern treat
1 oz. bourbon
½ oz. peach liquor
½ oz. triple sec
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. pomegranate juice



  1. Susan Bryant says

    Thank you so much for your review on the movie! I was REALLY hoping that itt is as good as the book, I despise it when the movie makers butcher a book! I am planning on goiing to see this tonight since it is in theaters today! I am so excited now that I read your review!

  2. says

    I so want to see this movie… but I want to read the book first, and I haven’t had a chance to, yet! I’m going to try that recipe for the hilly drink there… I love me something sour.

  3. says

    I was planning on seeing the movie first and then reading the book as I generally so disappointed in the movie. Awesome to hear that’s not what happens with this book.
    Thanks for the new drink recipes. The girls and I are always looking for new
    ones for our ladies nite out.

  4. says

    Recently read the summary for this and it sounded unlike most Hollywood movies. Your review makes me want to give this a go!

  5. says

    This is another film I am waiting to see on DVD. I get so upset when a film doesn’t do the book justice. This isn’t the first review I read that stated the film is as good as the book. I may need to check it out!

  6. Samantha C says

    Thank you for your review of the movie. I really enjoyed the book and was excited to see it. I thought the movie was great and followed the book fairly close.

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