the helpI was fortunate enough to be able to be selected to see an advance screening of the DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HELP at BlogHer on Saturday evening. Today, the movie was released to the public at a theater near you, and I suggest you grab your gal pal and go! the Help featured an all-star cast including Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, and Mike Vogel. The movie was based on a #1 New York Times Best Seller and was every bit as good as the read.

I should have known when the first thing my eyes laid on was tissue boxes spread about the movie theater that I was in for a tear jerker, but I thought, “Eh, it can’t be that bad!” Ha! I should not have worn make up because I must have been super emotional that day! I cried non-stop sobs, yes sobs, for the last half hour of the movie. It was a good kind of soul-cleansing cry though, and even though I thought I looked like a hot mess, I felt good! My men readers must be like What?, but my female reader get what I am talking about.

The movie was placed in the 1960s in the deep south of Mississippi, where three women banded together to tell their tale in a secret project to expose what it was like to be the help.  Through writing this forbidden novel, a friendship emerged, pushing the women forward to truly stand up for themselves and what they believed facing the world of societal taboos. These three courageous women brought the changing times right to the doorstep of this unsuspecting town!

After the movie, DreamWorks Pictures had a cocktail party hosted with Snake Oil Cocktail Company and Campine Catering featuring The Help themed deserts and cocktails, a few of which I hae included below:

THE SKEETER
  • 1 OZ. TEQUILA
  • 1 OZ. TRIPLE SEC
  • ½ OZ. CRANBERRY
  • FINISH WITH JALAPENO ORANGE FOAM
THE AIBILEEN
  • 1 ¼ OZ. COFFEE LIQUOR
  • ½ OZ. BOURBON
  • ¼ OZ. AMARETTO
  • 1 OZ. CREAM
  • 1 DASH COCO NIBB BITTERS
THE MINNY
  • 1 ½ OZ. VODKA
  • ½ OZ. TRIPLE SEC.
  • ½ OZ. LEMON JUICE
  • ½ OZ. HOUSE-MADE TAHITIAN VANILLA SYRUP
THE HILLY
  • 1 ½ OZ. APPLE JACK
  • ½ OZ. TRIPLE SEC
  • ½ OZ. LEMON JUICE
  • FILL DRY HARD CIDER
THE CELIA
  • 1 OZ. BOURBON
  • ½ OZ. PEACH LIQUOR
  • ½ OZ. TRIPLE SEC
  • ½ OZ. LIME JUICE
  • ½ OZ. POMEGRANATE JUICE

 

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