I have not read the best-selling novel The Help like the rest of the nation has.  When I first started hearing my friends talk about it, I thought it was some self-help book and asked Cheryl what it was for.  This was just about two weeks ago?  I’m always the last to know things.  I just don’t pay attention I guess.  Then I found out that Dreamworks was hosting a private screening for the movie at BlogHer.  I hadn’t even really decided to go until about thirty minutes before show time.  But at the last minute, I decided it would be a nice break for my feet to sit in a theater and enjoy a movie.

I am SO GLAD that I did!

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.

 The Help Movie Trailer

This is hands down one of my favorite movies of the year.  Other friends that were at the screening told me that it did not veer too far away from the book and it stayed true to the story.  Since I haven’t read the book, I’ll just have to take their word for it.  But the movie was funny and emotional and suspenseful all at the same time.

I think what gets to me the most is the fact that this stuff really happened.  People in our country treated “free” black people with such disdain.  It’s disgusting to think about (The Titanic movie really effected me, too because for weeks I was in horror that that really happened).  Well segregation really happened and this movie takes a look at that and shows us just how ridiculous all those white people were back then!

My friend Stefani is hosting a The Help Movie Giveaway on her blog where you can win a t-shirt and other goodies.  You might want to check it out.

And here is another The Help Giveaway if you want to up your chances!

Disclose: I was invited to an early screening of The Help during BlogHer but wasn’t required or asked to post about it, I just liked it enough to share.  Go see it.  It’s really great!