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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Help

One of the few "house" images I could find.

I loved the relationship between Celia and Minnie!

Remember that it is a MOVIE not a documentary! 

The News-Gazette's Julie Wurth and Meg Dickenson joined HouseTalkN to plan a Girls Night Out meets Book Club meets Movie Night in our community to see The Help. 
Before the big night even arrived, I had so much fun talking with people who had read (or who were still reading) The Help. 
Friday night, we got an up close and personal viewing of The Help, as the theatre sold out and the only seats available were in the front row!  
I always roll my eyes when I hear this kind of talk, but here it is- this movie made us laugh and made us cry and gave us a lot to talk about!
This movie could keep a book club hoppin' for a year.  You could cover the historic points, the race issues, women's roles, parenting, domestic abuse, as well as the power of friendship, bravery, and family.
This here is a house blog, so I must tell you that I looooved the houses in this movie.
Each house reflected each woman's personality!
Skeeter's big ole rambling house with the beautiful wrap-around porch was pure southern charm.  Original yet classic, just like Skeeter.
I hate to say it, but I also loved "Two Slice Hilly's" brick colonial.  Like Hilly, it looked beautiful on the outside but was empty on the inside.
Every single scene that had Celia Foote's house in it, I "ooh-ed" and "aah-ed" and even got shushed for blurting out  "LOVE that kitchen!" Loved that Celia, too!
I also found it perfect that Elizabeth, the Stepford lapdog to Hilly, lived in a house that was a bland cookie cutter ranch. 
There, of course, was a stark contrast between these houses and Minnie and Abeline's houses.
You don't get much of a look at Minnie's house.  Even tough talker Minnie has secrets.
Aibileen's house is warm and cozy and safe.  Just like the feeling she gives to her "children".  
"You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important."

It was a great night with my gal pals, a wonderful movie and a terrific lookiloo for this house lover!

Click here to see a "behind the scenes" of The Help:

1 comment:

  1. Well, I just thank you so much for posting this! I am going to see "The Help" tomorrow night and i ADORE behind the scene or "making of" clips of movies. I enjoyed the link you posted tremendously. I bought the book and got about half way through but I just didn't like it very much. I am the only person I know that didn't like it. I am looking forward to seeing the movie.


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