The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O’Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out this all-star female ensemble.
The Help is one of the best movies that I've seen in a while. The cast did a fantastic job and brought on every emotion I can think of. The movie had me in tears, laughing out loud, and angry about what was going on. I often get bored with movies that last 2 hours or more, but not with The Help. The movie left me wanting more and will definitely be one that I watch again and again. I am taking it to my parent's house tomorrow because I am sure they will love it as much as my husband and I did.
I also enjoyed watching the deleted scenes from the special features.
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
-The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
-In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
-Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including ‘Humiliated,’ ‘A Book About Jackson’ and ‘Johnny’s Home’ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
DVD Bonus Features:
-Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘A Senator’s Son’ and ‘Keep On Walkin’
-“The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige
In addition to the movie, I was also sent some Southern-style holiday recipes from The Help’s food stylist Lee Ann Fleming in celebration of the release. I personally want to try this one.
Cheesecake Pecan Pie
1 (15 oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crust
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
1. Unfold and stack 2 piecrusts together. Gently roll or press together and fit
into a 9 inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp.
Note: For a more homemade flavor, try Lee Ann’s Homemade Pie Crust
recipe (featured left).
2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and salt at medium
speed with a mixer until smooth.
3. Pour into piecrust and sprinkle with pecans.
4. Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining ¼ cup sugar, and remaining
1 tsp. vanilla and pour mixture over pecans.
5. Bake at 350° F for 50-55 minutes until set.
Homemade Pie Crust
1 ¼ cups plain flour
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening (butter flavor shortening is great, too)
4-5 tbsp. cold ice water
In a medium bowl, stir flour and salt together.
Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork.
Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat using 1 tbsp. of water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened.
Form dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin.
Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
Trim pastry to ½ inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edges as desired.
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