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Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews Giveaways & Deals — August 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

The Help: The Story Behind the Story (Giveaway!)


“The power of one person with one idea can create change.”


The Help comes out on Wednesday and I cry even still, just at the commercials.

I stop what I’m doing and I watch them every single time.

I saw The Help as part of the Disney/Dreamworks trip back in June when I saw Cars 2 & Winnie the Pooh and I have to say, this movie is beyond amazing, it’s an important movie to see and if you’re wondering about my official The Help movie review, it is up TODAY! Over at 5 Minutes for Mom’s sister site, 5 Minutes for Books.

By the way, have you read the book? If you’re wondering if the book and movie are the same, that is all in there in my review so go over there and read about it. (You can also see the interview with Dreamworks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider I wrote at 5 Minutes for Mom when it goes live.)

The Help is not only an incredible story about courage, independence, sisterhood, strength and the ability to elicit change during the 1960s civil rights movement, but the story behind The Help is equally as incredible.

Behind The Help

    • The New York Times best-selling book, The Help, was written by Kathryn Stockett, but before she got it published, she received 60 (60!!) rejection letters. How 60 very important people did not see the brilliance in this book is beyond me!? I read and loved every word of the book. Also, what a message of persistence and determination that is, right?
    • I believe one of the reasons the movie does the book justice is because the writer of the screenplay is one of Stockett’s childhood friends, Tate Taylor. They grew up together in Jackson, Mississippi, the setting of the film, and both of them had maids who cared for them while their mothers worked. They called them co-mothers, and the woman who cared for Taylor makes an appearance in the film.
    • Both Taylor’s and Stockett’s mothers also make an appearance in the movie.minnie
  • Octavia Spencer, who plays the amazing “Minnie,” is also a longtime friend of Taylor’s. They met while they worked on another movie and were roommates in LA for four years.
  • This picture was taken when Kathryn Stockett was on the phone with her publisher, who was telling her that her book was debuting on the New York Times Best Seller List! She and Taylor celebrated in a truck stop parking lot with Smirnoff Ice.


  • The cast had to learn how to dance some of the 60s dances and Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek taught them the bunny hop.
  • The home that was used for “Skeeter” Phelan’s house in the movie was the home of one of Taylor’s college buddies and he used to hang out there.

The best fun fact here though is the giveaway for YOU! Disney/Dreamworks is giving away a prizepack to one lucky reader that includes:


  • A cute The Help tee
  • A The Help notepad and pen
  • A credit-card sized nail file
  • A fan

All you have to do is leave a comment!

AND you can get additional entries by doing the following:

You must leave a comment for each entry. Please make sure there is an email address in at least one of the comments so I can track you down if you win! If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner.

The contest closes on Wednesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will draw and announce the winner soon after. Good luck!

Other The Help Posts:
-Stacey Snider Interview (will add link when it goes live)

Disclosure: Disney paid my expenses for the press junket in LA. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I can’t wait to see this movie.  We have a girls night out planned around it.  The giveaway looks awesome.  I’d love to win.

  2. Following  @helpmovie on Twitter

  3. I already like the Average Moms Wear Capes Fan Page on Facebook

  4. I also already follow you on Twitter.

  5. You can’t like The Help’s Fan Page on Facebook with the link you give.

  6. I keep hearing (mostly from you!) how great this movie is and I’m due for a movie night! This one sounds like the perfect one!

  7. I follow you on Facebook!

  8. I follow you on twitter, too!

  9. I’m now following The Help on twitter….

  10. OMG I want to see this movie so bad!  It’s the only movie I’ve really wanted to see this year.  Since I am “the help” in my house, like most mommies, it would be the perfect t-shirt.  – Marie 

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