My Reaction to DreamWorks’ The Help and a Short Featurette!

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a short clip featuring singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige and her involvement with DreamWorks’ The Help. Some of you are participating in our Read-Along for The Help, and I would truly recommend reading The Help before seeing it in theatres starting August 12th. I had the pleasure of reading this book with my book club a couple years ago, and it is even better the second time around!

I won’t post my full review of the movie yet (I’ll do this closer to the movie’s release) but I will share with you a little of what was running through my mind during and after the movie. I’m a pretty sensitive movie goer, so as I mentioned before, I knew there was no way I’d make it out of the theatre with dry eyes. And it’s true; I didn’t. But I wasn’t alone; there was literally not a dry eye in the screening room at Amblin Entertainment. Throughout the movie, I could hear gasps and sniffles coming from all over the room.

When the lights came back on, each of us had tear-stained cheeks and watery eyes. We all came from different environments and represented different cultures, but this movie spoke to all of us; we related to the well-drawn characters and the incredible story of 3 women who broke out of their society’s expectations to become something greater. Watching this movie together strengthened our budding friendships with one another, and I couldn’t think of a more amazing group of women to share this movie going experience with.

I’m pleased to be able to share with you a short featurette of the making of The Help, in which we hear from Tate Taylor (the screenwriter and director of The Help), Emma Stone (“Skeeter”), Octavia Spencer (“Minny”), and Viola Davis (“Aibilene”).

Don’t forget to “like” The Help on Facebook!

*Disney & DreamWorks is providing me with an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles. Opinions expressed are my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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