When you go see the Help in Theaters Wednesday August 10th bring all your friends with you. I watched The Help back in June with a group of my mommy blogger friends and needed them dearly after the movie. The movie The Help is based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett and directed by Tate Taylor. Tate grew up knowing that life was like this movie.He used his experiences to keep the movie true to the book and the era. And for me, knowing these things happened and that women were so nasty ripped me apart. I needed my friends to give me a hug, and I needed to know that I wasn’t the only one that was mentally exhausted with red eyes from sobbing.
When you go see The Help in Theaters Wednesday August 10th bring a box of tissues. I still haven’t had a chance to read the novel yet, but I can tell you that I started crying from the opening scene of The Help. “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. In that opening scene, Skeeter is interviewing Aibileen about her experience working as a Nanny and maid. Aibileen cares very deeply for the children she watches, having lost her own son. The Help had me crying from then until the very end of the movie. I was crying so hard and so disturbed, and so angry, and so miserable that I wanted to get up and leave the theaters. I had a great deal of trouble holding myself together. Am I saying that the Help is a bad movie, no! I often cry at movies, I’m a sap. I cry. In The Help, I bawled. I Sobbed. My entire body was shaking with tears and it took everything in me to keep semi-quiet. The Help emotionally moved me to a place I’ve never gone while watching a movie.
When you go see The Help in Theaters Wednesday August 10th be prepared to be shocked. Perhaps if you’ve read the novel you won’t be that shocked. In one scene, Skeeter, who happens to be the newsletter editor for the women’s group (a group of women who only accept Skeeter because she comes from a family with money, because Skeeter is an outcast in a way just as The Help is). She gets angry at one of her so called friends and puts a purposeful “typo” in the newsletter asking everyone to bring their old used toilets to the President of their chapter’s house. Everyone in the town rushes over to see the toilets in her yard. In this moment watching the movie you’re laughing at how Skeeter got even. In what happens next, I was ripped up emotionally as one of the children at a potty training age gets on the potty and goes. The child’s mother is mortified, and spanks her daughter for going potty. She yells and makes Aibileen deal with the crying child. The child gets no love from her mother. It even seems like her mother doesn’t love her child. I just couldn’t believe that any of these women deserved to be mothers.
When you go to see the Help in Theaters Wednesday August 10th you’re going to see a masterpiece.