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Sneak Preview of the Help

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When I first learned that the book “The Help” was going to be made into a movie I couldn’t wait to finish reading it. It’s one of those stories that inspire discussion about women’s struggles and their relationship to each other. I believe this is going to be one of those movies that can easily be appreciated in both forms. Let me know if you read the book and are planing to watch the movie in the summer.

Look for its release on August 12! Below is the synopsis of the movie followed by a featurette and additional information.


Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “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. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Genre:  Drama

Rating:  PG-13

U.S. Release date:  August 12, 2011

Running Time:  137 mins.

Cast:  Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Director:  Tate Taylor

Producers:  Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers:  Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei

Screenplay by:  Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by:  Kathryn Stockett

*Photos and movie trailer/featurette are courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures.

*The above post is primarily a press release.  Any additional thoughts expressed are my own and 100% unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review.


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