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Movie Review: The Help

My church has recently started a Women's Event where ladies of all ages and stages can just relax, get to know one another, and hang out while doing something fun. It's only happened a few months now but I had a pretty good time setting up our August get-together--going to see The Help in theaters! It was a good turnout and about 10 of us showed up. I thought it might get a good reaction since I know a lot of the ladies in our church love to read, and The Help was one book I knew many women had read. I thought it was a safe bet for spending $9 and an evening together and I wasn't wrong. This movie is definitely worth the money.
The story is about a girl named Skeeter (blond above) and her desire to write about the Southern maids who raise the rich, white children and live just at or below poverty line in the segregated era of the 60s. Skeeter befriends the maids of her best friends, and through their courage and others', she is able to write an anonymous book and publish it and confront her own past between her parents and their 'help'. The Help is a wonderful 400+ page book that anyone could read within a few days, and the movie doesn't skirt anything except the deep relationship between Minnie and Celia (read the book); which I'm sure just got cut due to time constraints.
The Help really has it all: good acting, excellent story line and dialogue, comedy, drama, and heart. Not only is this a good investment for a girls' night out, but I think most men would like it, too. Think When Harry Met Sally, or Fried Green Tomatoes-- it's a very touching and engaging story.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5 because I can't stop recommending it to people and I'm going to re-watch it with Stefan when it comes out to Netflix. Plus, it's worth it just to see what Minnie's "terrible awful" is!
PS-Read the book, you won't be disappointed.


kylee said…
I just saw this movie last night and loved it! I thought it represented the book very well, except for the cliff hanger that was left at the end about what become of Abilene. I'm wondering why they didn't show what happened. Also, actually seeing the relationship between Abilene and Mae Mobley on the screen really got to me. My heart broke each time Mae Mobley was around.

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