The new Disney/Touchstone Pictures movie 'The Help' was screened in Atlanta a few weeks ago. The movie, which hits theaters August 10th, is getting rave reviews for its talented cast who handle the movie's sensitive subject with poise and grace.

'The Help,' adapted from the book of the same name, is about an author who writes a book from the perspective of Black maids in the deep South.

"Get ready for 'The Help' to hit the box office like a tornado," writes Roger Friedman of ShowBiz411.

Right off the bat: Bryce Dallas Howard, the actress/producer and Ron Howard‘s talented daughter, finally breaks through with this film. She is just mesmerizing as the nastiest piece of work you could hope to find a film. Her Hilly hasn’t got one redeeming feature. She is a racist and truly awful. But despite being a villainess extraordinaire, Bryce is never once campy or stereotypical.

Then there are the heroes: Viola Davis (Madea Goes To Jail) and Octavia Spencer as the maids, and Emma Stone–this is really her summer. I am so proud of Viola Davis, a Tony winner and Oscar nominee who is a powerhouse in any setting. Her Aibileen is the heart and soul of this movie. And Octavia Spencer is going to be an overnight sensation a la Mo’Nique, only extremely endearing and likeable. Add in stand out work from Alison Janney, Sissy Spacek (1976's 'Carrie'), Brian Kerwin, Cicely Tyson. And then there’s yet another potential Oscar nominee in Jessica Chastain–unrecognizable–as the lively bad blonde in town.

  • YSoSerious

    I hadn't heard of this book or movie before today but everyone is saying how good the story is. I might need to check it out. :think:

  • masturbatehate

    Thanks Sandra for posting this! I'm interested and will definitely be checking for it!

    Peace.

  • Natasha

    I have been waiting on this movie to hit theaters ever since I saw the preview at the beginning of a movie a saw a while back.

  • Yardgirl

    I too have been waiting for this movie since reading the book!! The previews look good :yes:

  • masturbatehate

    If you've never seen Easy A....rent it...netflix it...whatever! It is soooooo funny! I loved the writing in that film!

  • http://psgoodloving.blogspot.com/?zx=a740537a30234348 CHA CHA aka Cali Sunkissed

    I am currently reading the book The Help.... its quite interesting. I cant wait for the movie. :applause:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    OMG the book was phenominal! cant wait to see the movie, i wonder who's playing Millie?

  • Akiba

    The book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett was an excellent read. I didn't realize the author was white till after I finish reading the book, never the less I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. A summer must read. I sure hope the movie does the book justice.

  • cheeks8683

    Read the book...500 pages and I was finished with it in no time...Loved it! Best book Ive read since To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Crickett

    I've read this, it was so good I picked up the audio CD from the library and it was even better. Great story, read the book first.

  • datsmdubya2u

    @crickett

    Great story, read the book first.

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    thanks i was wondering which to do first

  • Cariblife

    I'm gonna go see it.

  • datsmdubya2u

    Hope Viola and Octavia are Oscar bound for this.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvOeA7rqxnM DMisses

    Movies like this always upset me, I return to work the next day rolling my eyes at white folk but I'm going to go see it anyway...

  • Daisy

    The book was so GOOD!! I read it in 1.5 days couldn't put it down

    I will be front and center for the movie :popcorn:

  • Starr

    The Help has been on my kindle to read list for awhile. I guess it'll be a minute before I see the movie, cuz I have to read the book first

  • TwinMom

    I think it will be a good movie as well. I wonder how well it will be received by the masses. You know how our community likes to flip things.

  • KayCeiSoul

    :thinking:

    I think this movie is going to shed light on the many reasons WHY both sides of the fence operate the way they do.

    For instance...why certain people have a sense of unearned entitlement that they were raised with but don't quite understand why they have it...it just "is". It was TAUGHT and PASSED DOWN. I hope this book raises the awareness to UNTEACH it.

    And why we as black women who appreciate what those before us dealt with, take pride and hold tight to our ability to excel, and do whatever we aspire to do, because for so long we couldn't...

    I'd recommend this book a million times. And to think...I was bored in Meijers and bought it on a whim.

  • H-Townmama

    My MIL was reading the book and said it was good. I want to read before I see the movie.

    O/T: Auntie I sent you an email and it keeps asking me to verify. I responded and it keeps saying I need to verify. I'm sending from my work email and have used it to send you things plenty of times with no hiccups :shrug:

  • bigtyme

    Loved the book. All the women in my family have been passing it around for thie last two years

  • bigtyme

    Anybody read "the darkest child"? I just finished it today. It was so deep jams disturbing but thought provoking

  • H-Townmama

    @bigtyme
    What is it about?

  • bigtyme

    @htown-about a family in the south in the 50's. It is told from the view of the darkest child the family. Discusses civil rights issues, color issues, abuse issues, promiscuity and every other issue that could occur in a family.

  • bigtyme

    think kwall suggested it a loping time ago. I just got around to reading it after almost a year.

  • bigtyme

    Only took me three days once I got started

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ H-Townmama: One of my pet peaves is not following instructions correctly. The email for the contest is essay @ sandrarose.com.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Has anyone read Native Son by Richard Wright? I read it when I was a kid. It traumatized me :(

  • H-Townmama

    :oops: @Sandra
    I am at work and decided to sneak on your page. I guess I skipped over that.

  • H-Townmama

    @Big and @Sandra
    Both two books to add to my list. Thanks

  • http://vimeo.com/23452886 LaTechGrad02

    Morning SR Fam,

    I've been seeing previews for this movie for months now, so glad it's finally coming out. The book was a great read.

    On a side note, my grandmother was a housekeeper/maid in Louisiana way back in the day, she darn near raised those kids as her own and when she passed away those kids, now adults, were sitting up front with us like family, so this movie is near and dear to my heart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    Good morning everyone.

    I cant wait for this movie. I'm taking my mom and grandmom....#DateNight

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    FOR SOME REASON I WANT TO READ THE BOOK FIRST... :yes: LOOKS LIKE A GOOD MORVIE SO THE BOOK MUST BE AWWWSOME

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @#31 THAT SUUUPER SWEET :yes: HOW U BEEN PURRTY!! :hug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    Aww! @therapist that is too cute u taking mom & grandmom out to date night!! :love:

    When I was reading the book I was telling my mom about it during the ride on a road trip. How bout from there she kept calling me asking for updates on the book :lol: I will most def be taking my mom as well :)

    GM SR & All!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    :dead: at Laker callin therapist purrty! :rofl:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @FAY MOOOOORRNING :2dance: AINT HE A SWEET :heart:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    It's too damn early for this!

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @LOLITA :shrug: I ALWAYS CALL HIM PURRTY OR SESY :yes: SH!T HE IS!! :grill:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    Lakessss!!! :hug: the book does not disappoint at all. Now I will say as a blk woman I had to adjust to the yt writer using "blk" southern vernacular in the book. I was conflicted, but the story was so raw & true I couldn't help but proceed :yes: AND there are some hilarious parts in there as well..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    Luh Luh Luh Luscious!! Sup guhl? :hug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    :rofl: Lakes u had me flucked up in the game! I was like I thought therapist was a guy, but I musta been wrong! :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    Hey Fayla!

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    GM Fay Fay (my REAL bay bay)
    GM Luscious
    GM Lakes
    GM Therapist
    :kiss:

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE TO COME OUT!

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @FAY MAYBE ITS TOO EARLY FOR ME TO BE POSTING .... :ashamed: BUT I ALWAYS CALL HIM PURRTY HAVE U SEEN HIS FUNKY GRAVIS SESY CHEST PURRTY FACE :grin: ... LET ME GET TO WORK.. :pc: **TURNS UP HER SELENA (QUINTANILLA NOT THE DISNEY BISH) *** :whistle:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    mornin tatt

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @TATT HEY :kiss:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    WHY IS IT LIKE 90 OUTSIDE ALREADY!! :crying:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    Laker i feel your pain hun! I already got 2 fans goin in my office

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @LOLITA ITS SO FUKN HOT NO JOKE AT ALL!! I WALK FROM MY CAR TO THE FRONT DOOR ** 10 TO 15 STEPS*** AND IM RED IN THE FACE OUT OF BREATH AND FEEL THE THE SUNBURN!! :no: IM READY FOR SUMMER TO GO AWAY ITS BEEN THE HOTTEST EVER!! WE HAD LIKE 105 AND UP EVERY FUKN DAY HERE IN TEXAS!! :crying: <<tears of steam!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    :dead: @ tears of steam!!! :rofl:

    TaBewwwww! :kiss: gm sunshine!

    We stopped using thermometers out here, the temp is just on HELL!!!!

  • Nika405

    I read the book in less than 24hrs, can't wait to see the movie!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDfreK0Yno LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    Fayla I'm finding that my hair looks better if I do a cowash every day

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    IDK if this post will come out right as I am partially BLINDED by Nika's gravi..PHEW!

    but uhm Lusciuos that co-wash is the BIZ! leaves it so soft & healthy :yes:

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    Fay...I'm gonna start co-washing my hair th is wknd. I think it will definitely help, especially since I now have a red rinse. I'm sure the color won't run as much as it would w/shampoo!

  • prynsexxx

    I read this book. It was really good.

  • prynsexxx

    Morning Everybody.

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    Morning, Pryn.

  • Daisy

    *goes to look up The Darkest Child*

  • MrUnapologetic

    I read the book too and it was amazing! I highly recommend it!

  • KayCeiSoul

    Fayla aka JuicyFruit says:

    "...Now I will say as a blk woman I had to adjust to the yt writer using “blk” southern vernacular in the book. I was conflicted, but the story was so raw & true I couldn’t help but proceed AND there are some hilarious parts in there as well..."

    :waves: Fayla!

    Me tooo...I always look in the back of the book for a pic of the author after the first few pages, and low and behold, I was astounded! She was on point with the dialect though.

    This book took me through every emotion...I was laughing, angry, sad, happy, disgusted, satisfied...all that. Good read. :claps: