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The Help: Would you have the courage?

The Help:  Would you have the courage?

The previews of "The Help" were spot on with delivering a message that is 5 stars and inspires the viewer to stand up for doing the right thing. 

There were many lines in this film which are going to be quotable but the one that stood out to me was "Courage is not just about being brave it is about overcoming fear and daring to do what is right for your fellow man."

Wednesday, August 10th, DreamWorks Studios released the 2hour and 17 minute Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture directed and written by Tate Taylor entitled "The Help."  This is a story based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller by Kathryn Stockett.  The heartwarming message depicts the travesty of social injustice in America during the 1960's in the authors home town of Jacksonville, Mississippi.  The film will touch most viewers in numerous ways with it's poignant characters who represent a cross section of personal situations alive and well in today's world.  The powerful storyline is a portrait of a fragmenting world including romance, parental neglect, society position, unjust beating resulting in death, racial prejudice, ignorance, theft, Alzheimer's, survival, domestic abuse and cancer.   

Humor and honest depiction of human nature are the award winning elements running through this film."Hate and fear are two horns on the same goat."  another memorable quote from the movie which is destined to be an academy award winning work.

The power of Love overcomes fear in many instances throughout the story line.

Everyone can appreciate the tender message Aibileen, the black maid instilled in all the white children she cared for. She knew she could make them feel good about themselves even when their own mothers did not have the time of day for them or their feelings.  She would ask them:

1.  Is you kind

2. Is you smart

3.  Is you important

Ciccly Tyson plays Skeeter's beloved nanny who she loves lke a mother.  She teaches Skeeter to quit feeling sorry for her self... She says "that is what is ugly." She continues "Everyday when you wake up in the morning ask, Am I going to believe all the bad things fools are going to say about me today?"

Emma Stone (Skeeter), Viola, Davis (Aibileen), and Octavia Spencer (Minny) form an improbable alliance where a relationship evolves which gives them the courage to rise above the lot in life they are living to create change. The help in the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi did not have many rights, had to eat and drink from separate dinnerware, ride separate buses and eat separately.  The entire audience cringes as segregationist housewife, Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly) describes the "Home Health Sanitation Initiative" requiring each white home to have a separate bathroom for the help. 

The historic depiction of the shooting of Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist who was gunned down in Jackson, Mississippi on June 12, 1963 in front of his home, the shooting of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speech make the viewer feel like they are right in the middle of the conflicts.  The journey from fear of society norms to courage in sharing the  story of "The Help" is a movie for all ages.

Dig deep in your thought after watching this film and think about you and your courage.  Do you have the courage to do what is right for your fellow man? Is part of the message of an epic film to encourage behavior modification? 

"The Help" celebrates with grace and humility the courage it takes to inspire change. 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • August 12 2011 05:20AM


Carra, what a powerful message, I remember all of the social injustice and the changes that were taking place. I will but this on my must see list. Excellent!

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 about 9 years ago

Thank you for your insights into the movie. It is definitely on my list of "must-sees."

Posted by Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE, "Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs" (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty) about 9 years ago

I've listened to the book and my sister and I are going to the movie tomorrow.  Having grown up in South Carolina, and Virginia in the 60s I suspect that we will be in tears.  Sissy Spacek is my neighbor and a HUGE treasure to our community!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Carra, i guess this is something i can't relate to on a story line but understand how it must have been...i think i'll read the book first...hopefully having the courage in all of us is so important for giving back & sharing with others...thanks

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Adrian ~  The film is well worth your attention!

Bernadine ~ Can't wait to have you come back and share your takes on the film.

Wallace ~  How exciting to have Sissy Spacek be a neighbor!  She did an excellent job of an aging mother with a memory loss.  If you see her, tell her she ROCKED!  I am sure we will be seeing many of the actors nominated for Academy Awards.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Ginny ~  The book is incredible.  Check out all the reviews on Kathryn Stockett.'s link above.  This was her first novel. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Carra, The next movie I hope to see is "Help" because of your review. Thanks for sharing this powerful message.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago

Margaret ~  I was just thinking of you.  It is well worth your time.  Did you get to see Larry Crowne or Cowboys and Aliens?  Both good movies.. but this one is a must.  Probably an academy award winner!  Thanks so much! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind that this movie is on my must see list.  There is a powerful message in learning to live to create change in our lives. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Good morning Carra. I enjoyed your post. I can't wait to see this film. Have a productive day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 9 years ago

Cindy ~  Sit back relax and enjoy the show.. it will stimulate your thinking! Nothing is constant but change... so taking these lessons and applying them to today is what will help make a difference.

Sheila ~  Come back and tell us what you think!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Just purchased the book yesterday and looking forward to starting. It is nice to hear your take on this beforehand, makes it all the more interesting for me!

Posted by Janet Murray, Realtor Weymouth MA & South Shore Home Sales (Preferred Properties Realty) about 9 years ago

I a;m so looking forward to seeing this one -  oscar stuff for sure!  Great write up as usual Missy Cara!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 9 years ago


We read this as our first book club book 18 months ago.  I can't wait to go to the move with my book club girls.  It's amazing that this was so recent, but since I was born in 1964, I didn't really get to see.  

Loved the book, can't wait to see the movie.

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Cara, I've got to see this movie! It was on my list before reading your blog post but now it is definitely #1!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 9 years ago

Janet ~  The book was a #1 NY Times best seller for a reason!  You will enjoy every minute of it.  The characters will jump out of the page at you!

Anna Banana ~  How did you like Larry Crowne?  I know you wanted to see that one too!  Love to see if others get the same message I do.. sometimes my husband says my legs must always be tired because I am always jumping to conclusions... so seeing if you or anyone reading gets the same message helps me learn!  Thanks.

Michelle~  You youngster you!  How fun to share with your book club.. you know I think everyone should be in a book club.. great way to discuss important work!  Come back and let us know what you thought about the movie vs the book.

Maria ~ Yippee.. happy to be of help!  You will not be dissapointed. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Carra, I saw the movie over the weekend with some friends. Very inspiring to say the least. Definitely some academy award contenders here. Now, I'm going to read the book.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Tammy ~  Glad you liked it... everyone who read the book said it was wonderful!  Thanks for sharing1

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago