I knew when I read the book by Kathryn Stockett titled “The Help” two years ago that it would eventually be turned into a movie. I didn’t know that it would happen as quickly as it did when it opened to theaters in the U.S. on August. 10th. We watched it last night to a nearly packed audience. I’m sure it will have receive many Oscar awards when that season begins. The range of up and down emotions you go through as you watch the movie are from lighthearted fun to intense ache and pain in the relationships.
I believe the movie stayed true to the book. The following are some memorable quotes I picked off of imdb.com in no particular order. (Internet Movie Database)
Aibileen Clark is a black maid who says to white baby girl she takes care of: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
Charlotte Phelan says to her daughter Skeeter: Your eggs are dying. Would it kill you to go on a date?Aibileen Clark: 18 people were killed in Jackson that night. 10 white and 8 black. I don’t think God has color in mind when he sets a tornado loose.Preacher Green says to his congregation: If you can love your enemy, you already have victory.Aibileen Clark says to Skeeter when she goes to interview Aibileen: I ain’t never had no white person in my house before.Stuart Whitworth, Skeeter’s boyfriend: Isn’t that what all you girls from Ole Miss major in – professional husband hunting?Minny Jackson maid who says to her flighty employer Celia: Fried chicken just tend to make you feel better about life.
Charlotte Phelan says to her daughter Skeeter: Courage sometimes skips a generation. Thank you for bringing it back to our family.
Minny Jackson says to Celia: Minny don’t burn fried chicken.
Celia Foote: They don’t like me because of what they think I did.
Minny Jackson: They don’t like you ’cause they think you white trash.