“The Help” LA Premiere Red Carpet

Posted on August 10, 2011

Darlings, it was the premiere of “The Help,” held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, and the stars of the film were out in force.

Y’know, we can’t really let an opportunity to express an opinion go by, and in the interest of spurring people to yell at us in the comments section, can we just say? We read the book and hated it. Yet another story of the struggle of African-Americans as seen through the eyes of a white person. Bleh. We thought the book trivialized the period but we were blown away by the trailers for the film, which makes it seem like some sort of hilarious romp through race-based servitude. Double bleh.

Anyway, hit it, ladies.

Viola Davis in Escada

It’s a gorgeous dress. It’s a little too tight across her midsection, but the overall effect is stunning and head-turning. Her hair looks great, but we can’t help thinking it’s a slightly aging style. Love the accessories, because red and gold on dark-skinned women is never NOT fierce.

 

Bryce Dallas Howard in Kate Spade

Jesus, Mary, and Oprah. And we mean that literally because we could swear this is from the Oprah Winfrey Collection at Sears.

Look, we get it. We really do. You’ve got a little alien growing inside you; bloating you up, shoving your organs out of the way, bending your spine into an S, and if that wasn’t enough, the little shit keeps kicking you from inside. We sympathize about as much as two men who will never father nor bear children can possibly sympathize. Looking fierce isn’t even close to a priority at the moment and we totally agree. But looking like Betsy Ross after joining a polygamy cult isn’t really the way to go, dear.

Octavia Spencer

This is a really aging look for her. The dress is pure Ethel Mertz and the all-beige aspect isn’t flattering. She needed a less-full skirt, a less obviously industrial strength bust, and a little more color. Love the earrings, though.

Allison Janney in Dolce & Gabbana

Very sassy, summer, and cute. Don’t love the length of the hem or the shoes, but the overall look is chic. Great jewelry.

Emma Stone in Chanel Couture

Thank you for lifting your skirt so we can see your borrowed shoes. There’s no dignified way to do it, so you might as well just suck it up and get it over with. It would be a good idea to keep such sentiments off your face, however.

Cute ensemble, though. Even if it is a little colorless.

 

Jessica Chastain in Oscar de la Renta

The dress is kind of standard. We’re not in love with that color on her but we’re REALLY not in love with the idea of pairing those earrings with this dress. If you’re dressing to impress, you don’t want everyone’s eyes automatically going to your ears.

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    • Anonymous

      Emma’s dress is really cute, but it’s washing her out.  The make-up isn’t helping.  I don’t know if I would hate the make-up if her outfit had some color, but it’s just not working.

      Bryce’s outfit is beyond hideous.

    • jeneria

      Your assessment of the book (I read it to keep peace with my sister-in-law who would not shut up about the book) and the movie perfectly matches mine.  Meh. And double meh.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, ditto. My mom loved it and was bugging me to read it for months. And the movie looks vomit-inducing. Please don’t try to make me find “race-based servitude” charming. Ugh. I know there are so few good roles for black women but Hollywood should be able to do better than this.

        Oh, the clothes? Emma Stone is invisible, she’s just floating hair and lips. And I hate that print on Allison Janney’s dress.

        • Anonymous

          So glad I’m not alone in my feelings about the book! I thought it was so condescending of the author to presume to write from the p.o.v. of the black characters and to cast herself as paying homage to them in the process.

          • Anonymous

            The author is being sued by her brother’s real-life maid, Ableen. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/lawsuit-black-maid-ablene-cooper-sues-author-kathryn/story?id=12968562

            • Anonymous

              wow. reading that makes me feel even ickier about the book/movie.

            • judithhaber

              Thanks for posting this.  Agree completely about the book; have no interest in the movie.

          • Anonymous

            Oh yes, I totally agree.  I’ve had so many awkward conversations with people asking me if I’ve read the book and then wanted to gush over how great it was.   I think there are people who think they are doing a service to black history just by reading it!

        • Anonymous

           “there are so few good roles for black women but Hollywood should be able to do better than this.”

          This.  YES.  It’s depressing that modern Hollywood still loves to come up with roundabout ways to cast black women as maids and mammies. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615187474 Trish Barker

            Entertainment Weekly’s big story about The Help was accompanied by a wee sidebar written by author Martha Southgate that I think does a great job of describing what’s wrong with The Help. Her book “Third Girl from the Left” is WONDERFUL and I really wish THAT’s the movie that Viola Davis was starring in.

            Wow, now I’m going to start fantasy casting Third Girl …

            • MilaXX

              YES! I absolutely adore Viola Davis. She deserves a better movie than this.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

              She does indeed. I still remember her from “Doubt”-she was marvelous.

        • Anonymous

          My mother, who voraciously reads novels, said it was the best of the recent books she’s ready, so I read it. Didn’t have that reaction at all. Didn’t hate it (which I already posted), but didn’t think it was any kind of best, or even close. But based on the trailer, I’d say the movies looks at least borderline offensive.

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t read the book, but I’ve seen the trailer. I agree that it’s borderline offensive. Oh those wacky black folks! So, I’m assuming the movie is offensive or they’re marketing it as a comedy when it’s not. (Again with the assumptions. Maybe it is a comedy.) And yet, I am inexplicably interested in seeing it, with the hope that it’s actually a good movie.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        Thanks, all – I, too, found this book absolutely, loathsomely offensive. And that was after being told by countess (intelligent! educated!) women how ‘great’ it was. The movie must be just as awful, if not worse. I feel physical pain for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Alison Janney.

    • Anonymous

      I hated the book too!

      • Anonymous

        TLo said: can we just say? We read the book and hated it. Yet another story of the struggle of African-Americans as seen through the eyes of a white person.

        Oh, thank you boys and other bitter kittens for that validation! I started that book and was so offended that I didn’t make it through two chapters. Trish, thanks for the book recommendation on Third Girl from the Left, will look it up. Hollywood has such a long way to go in depicting the civil rights era.

        srq

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

      Well, I love Jessica’s earrings with her hair color and that dress. Very dramatic and eye-catching– draws attention to her face and coloring in a good way, I think.   Love the comment about Emma’s shoes.  It doesn’t help that they are so much too big that she’s falling out of them.  How did she walk?  But her dress is cute.  She and Octavia both need to remember to smile and look pleasant on the red carpet, not ticked off or bored.  Alison Janey, for example, looks pleased as punch to be there.  Good for her. 

      • Anonymous

        I really love that teal and purple combination.

    • Anonymous

      I am glad to know that TLO agree with my feelings on the book, I was beginning to think I was the only one who did not like it.  Viola looks marvelous.

    • Joe J

      I’m not loving the de la Renta dress.  I don’t like the curve over the midsection, and I hate how it curves and then just sort of drops straight down, and it looks like it’s pushing Jessica Chastain’s cleavage off to the side.  Also, in the upper photo it seems like her right boob is larger than the left.  Bleh

    • Anonymous

      I saw Emma and immediately thought, “Wow, she’s in this movie, too?”  The girl is certainly having her “it” moment, isn’t she?

    • Anonymous

      You know, when you have an industrial strength bustline, you need an industrial strength dress. I think the dress is cute and flatters Octavia’s shape. The shawl, not so much. Wraps like that never look good draped over the shoulders, only when they are resting in the elbows of the person wearing them. Her makeup is great!

      Viola looks wonderful, as does Allison from the knees up. Jessica looks almost wonderful.

      That Chanel looks like shit, of course the bad attitude doesn’t help.  Emma, look around at all the other redheads around you. THAT is how you do it. This color completely erases you from existence.

      • Anonymous

        I think if the color on Octavia’s dress had been different — red, or some other striking primary color — it would have been a different story. Having an “industrial strength bustline” myself, I sympathize with her need to hold in the girls, and I think the dress really looks good on her figure. Wish it were more colorful though.

    • Anonymous

      Viola: Lovely, though the hair is a trifle bouffy for my taste.
      Bryce:  Are you channeling your inner Holy Virgin Mother?
      Octavia: Girl you have great skin, work some COLOR into that outfit.  And ditch that aluminum foil clutch.
      Allison: Break that skirt at the knee and we’ve got a WERQ.
      Emma: Sad that the only thing we can see of you is your hair cause every single other thing is so washed out.
      Jessica: Next time, borrow some emeralds.  And the dress, though lovely is a trifle too long and doesn’t quite suit your shape.

    • Anonymous

      I’m happy to find that I’m among friends in my opinion of the book. And let’s not overlook the completely implausible deus ex machina that drives a major part of the story. Totally ridiculous. Trivialized the period, trivialized the experience of African-American women in the south.  Anyone interested in this topic should read The Warmth of Other Suns instead.

      Look at that Alison Janney!  She looks terrific (although I also don’t care for those shoes with that dress). Viola Davis looks good in that hot red dress and gold jewelry.

      The TLo take on Bryce Dallas Howard–spit-take! SO funny!  The Oprah Winfrey Collection at Sears!  [Snort!]

      I think Jessica Chastain looks great from the neck up.  Love the hair and earrings.  The dress…not so much.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the book was good.  Well written, moved along nicely, entertaining.  I don’t read fiction expecting historical accuracy.  I also don’t take issue with the subject of the book.  Hell, blacks were – and still are – domestics for many a white family in this country.  Not writing about it doesn’t make it go away.

        The Warmth of Other Suns was an excellent book – excellent!

        Oh, I think Viola Davis looks marvelous – except her hair.  No ma’am!

        • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

          It’s quite a leap to hear “we didn’t like this book” and come away thinking that we’re saying is stories about this particular subject matter shouldn’t be told.

      • Anonymous

        The Warmth of Other Suns was an amazing book.  But to suggest that it’s about “the experience of African-American women in the south really fails to describe the epic scope of Wilkerson’s work on the Great Migration. http://www.librarything.com/work/10026155/reviews/68373881

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, I kind of liked the book-in the sense that I thought it was well-written & a compelling story-and am looking forward to the movie.  But just for the record, I HATED “The Notebook”; most people look at me like I have horns on my head when I tell them that. YMMV :)

      Viola Davis is seriously fierce; Emma Stone needs to put a smile on her face!

      • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

        I HATED The Notebook. Hated. So share your horns!

      • jeneria

        I couldn’t even get through the Notebook, it was that awful.  I never even attempted to watch the movie and I’ve never picked up another Sparks book.

        • Anonymous

          Whew!  I’m glad I’m not the only one!  The movie was just soooo freaking sappy & his books make me want to wretch.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

            Well, come on over and sit yourself right down by me, sister!

            • Anonymous

              Hahah! :)

      • Anonymous

        OMG! I hated The Notebook too! An older cousin told me that because I was single, I couldn’t understand what was so special about it. Ugh. Looking forward to seeing Viola and Octavia (we’re on a first name basis you know).

        • Anonymous

          Ha-we all need to join the “I hated ‘The Notebook'” group, lol!  And I think Viola & Octavia are gonna rock the house!  I read an article about the movie in EW & the director insisted that Aibileen do the voice over bc she’s the heart of the movie.

      • akprincess72

        Hated the Notebook, HATED Titanic, hated Dirty Dancing & loathed Grease.   I tend to keep these opinions to myself as the revelation makes people look at me like I killed their puppy, but oh freakin’ well.   I have my own classics.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615187474 Trish Barker

          I have actually managed to NEVER SEE Dirty Dancing (and vow that I will go to my grave without watching it).
          Can I also say that I hated “Ghost”?

          • akprincess72

            YES!!!!!   The little bit I saw of it was obnoxious!   Stay strong Trish & fight the peer pressure, I know I’m on your side!  =D

            • Anonymous

              Ya know what else I hated?  That WWI movie with Keira Knightley & James what’s-his-face..ATONEMENT!  Holy schnikeys, it was boring as hell & halfway through the movie I figured out that he wasn’t going to make it home to her.  Ugh.

      • Anonymous

        Do you know how many pictures are taken on the red carpet?  So they cacth her in a couple without a smile. She looks honest and beautiful to me.  In fact-they all look great. 

      • RyzandShyn

        I liked this book and pushed it on to others. I HATED “The Notebook” and was  angry I wasted my time on it.

    • Jacqui

      I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t exactly love it either. But it is fascinating that they are making the movie seem like it’s a comedy.

    • Anonymous

      Bryce’s dress is an example of what I have seen wayyy too much of in the stores – a very wide attention grabbing band between the bust and the waist  and it is not flattering even on the thinnest women but even worst if you are not tiny (at the upper abdomen)

    • Anonymous

      There is a whole lot of wrong on that red carpet.    Jessica Chastain’s pairing of those earrings with that Oscar de la Renta dress remind me of something SJP did several years ago.  The color  combination has always stuck in my mind.

    • Jaime Lawton

      Chastain is channeling Cameron(or recycling)  Diaz circa 2007: http://www.fabsugar.com/Cameron-Diaz-Christian-Dior-Mets-Costume-Institute-Gala-246042  And I wholeheartedly agree with you about the book. Was dismayed after so many people RAVED about it!

    • Jaime Lawton

      Chastain is channeling Cameron(or recycling)  Diaz circa 2007: http://www.fabsugar.com/Cameron-Diaz-Christian-Dior-Mets-Costume-Institute-Gala-246042  And I wholeheartedly agree with you about the book. Was dismayed after so many people RAVED about it!

    • bookish

      Huh. I saw that last photo and thought, “That’s a really pretty dress and I like the earrings with it.” Guess we feel completely opposite on that one. And I love Emma Stone, but she looks completely bored in those photos and the color of her outfit isn’t helping.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you bookish. I hate to disagree with T and Lo (it makes me feel funny on the inside), but I kind of adore the combo. 

    • Anonymous

      I almost universally don’t care for the dresses. But I love all the jewelry, even if some of it doesn’t go with its outfit.

    • Anonymous

      PS – boy, did that movie get a REALLY mixed review from the Boston Globe movie critic, who is African American. He said pretty much the same thing you did. Much as I love Emma Stone and Allison Janney, I think I’ll take a pass on this one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kellyann.reese KellyAnn Reese

      I actually loved Bryce’s dress, it looks like an Americanized hanbok to me.

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        I didn’t know I knew what a hanbok was, but it’s the Korean dress, right? I like it from that perspective. And it does look comfy and liberating (from the need to wear heels or worry about a shorter skirt).

      • http://twitter.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

        I thought I was the only one who liked it as well! I love the pop of red at the waist. It looks light and summery and above all immensely comfortable. And I think it looks more flattering than a hanbok, too. 

      • Anonymous

        I like the cut and style of the dress for a maternity summer film premiere, it just isn’t a great color combo on her.  I would have gone with a mix of pinks or deep jewel tones.  Amythest wtih green and citron maybe.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaria14 Maria

      Does Emma have a stylist?

    • Adele Zhang

      I quite liked the book too. I understand the opinion that it trivialized the time period and on some levels I agree, however I thought it was a fun light read. Nothing to write home about, but interesting enough to be a hit. 

    • Anonymous

      I am so incredibly glad that y’all hated that book, too.  I lived in Alabama for 3 years, I know what those people are like.  It’s incredibly condescending.  Incredibly.  (oh – and your comments on the fashion are spot-on!)

      • Amy Fee Garner

        Lived in Alabama myself for 7 years, then lived in Jackson, MS right in the neighborhood where this was filmed.  I know both sides of this story at close range and found this book to be a cavalcade of caricatures.  Too bad — there is a lot to be written about domestic life in the mid-20th century in the deep South, and this falls so short of the truth.

    • Anonymous

      What caught my eye this morning – pretty earrings.
      Redheads should avoid white/nude colors if they are going to be photographed, not enough contrast.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Thanks for your comments. I really like Viola Davis’s look, possibly because she looks so pleased and confident. 

    • Anonymous

      Davis looks amazing.

      I actually quite like the skirt of Howard’s dress, but the rest of it is bleh, the sleeves particularly.

      Octavia Spencer’s reminds of nothing so much as that godawful prom dress that ought to have gotten PPS auf’ed.

      Janney’s dress needs several inches cut off the hem.

      The Chanel is gorgeous.

      Love Chastain’s earrings, don’t love the dress. 

    • http://twitter.com/JitteryBug Jitter Bug

      What a remarkably underwhelming red carpet. 

      My daughter wants to see the movie for her birthday, so I will muddle through it, but I couldn’t make it through the book.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate the book – the issue you raise is valid, for sure, and it’s not great literature, but for what it is I thought it was well done.  But I had the same response as you to the trailer, which makes it look like a ‘sassy southern women’ movie in the tradition of Steel Magnolias, Yaya Sisterhood, etc.       Puh-lees.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        Ah, Steel Magnolias….so many actresses trying so hard to do a proper Southern accent while overacting up a storm

    • Anonymous

      Viola Davis for the win, though I hate mismatched sleeves. In fact I think we need a name for such clothes. They’re not Wilmas, but they’re . . . something.

    • Judy_J

      Did Jessica Chastain put her earrings on in the dark?  She obviously didn’t realize what color they were.

    • http://twitter.com/megaera919 Marti Thornton

      Hello, angels. I didn’t hate the book at all but I HATE the movie already and I HATE-HATE the casting, (especially Allison Janney who is so not a tiny lady-bird like southern lady whatsoever and her southern accent has always sucked.) I thought the book had redeeming qualities; if the movie follows the trailers it is as offensive as Disney’s hunchback of Notre Dame cutely swinging from bell towers singing zippity doo dah. Or whatever that crap was.

      • Anonymous

        if the movie follows the trailers

        I have a rule:  never judge a movie based on the trailers!

    • Anonymous

      When I saw Viola, I thought “Wow, she looks like a real woman.” That little bit of tummy made me love the look.
      Octavia’s makeup is lovely.
      And Emma looks like a 2 year old hiking her dress up. Really, you shouldn’t hike your dress up once you are old enough to have graduated from ruffled training panties.

    • Anonymous

      Well for somebody who was born and lived in the South his entire life, I thought the book was excellent. Maybe it’s because I am from that culture that I liked it. I don’t think it trivialized the African American experience at all. In fact, think it was a very realistic picture of what life was like.

    • Anonymous

      I loved the book but was not looking for a history lesson.  The book was extremely well-written and told a good, compelling story.

      Emma can do so much better than this, and Bryce looks tragic.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed the book, as much as you can enjoy having your heart broken reading about hateful, cruel racists. But agree on the promos making this story look like a lovefest. What?

      Allison Janney looks awesome. Are we sure that Marion Ross/Cunningham is not BDH’s actual grandmother? Jessica Chastain is stunning, and while I love the color, I don’t love it on her. Viola Davis can do no wrong for me

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know why, but I kind of love Bryce Dallas Howard’s dress. I can definitely see the point about it being a little “Betsy Ross”, but I also see a kimono style and I think it looks kind of great, especially with her hair up like that. Maybe it would be more dynamic in a better color palette?

      • Anonymous

        It is definetely the color combo that makes this dress so awful.  Mix those up into just about any other combo and it would have been a great summer breezy maternity dress.  I think she would have been weel served in this same dress in several shades of pinks or in jewel tones, maybe amythest with green and citron yellow.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with all of you about the book.  It was so patronizing.  Aibileen and Minny were the only believable and likable characters in the book, but their story had to be told through the eyes of a white woman. And we never really got to find out about Minny at the end… her story just kind of trailed off.
       Emma Stone certainly does not look like the Skeeter of my book! 
      And as someone said, the trailer makes it look like a comedy????  I will probably go see it, but I think it’ll frustrate me even more!!

      • Anonymous

        True, the trailer is lighthearted, but I try to remember how misleading trailers can be.  After all, how many people went in to see “Marley and Me” expecting a lighthearted family comedy and came out of the theater bawling inconsolably?  I still tear up even thinking about that damn movie.

        Then again, I really enjoyed the book, so I may just have my hopes up.

    • Shawn Hill

      I’m all about Allison Janney! You go, sassy lady! Whether amber or topaz, the jewelry suits her.

    • Anonymous

      She isn’t lifting her skirt, it’s cut that way. Are you guys exhasted this week? You called One Day a romcom when it’s obviously a drama, now you can’t even tell that it’s designed that way. Drink some tea and take a nap, ladies.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      Hah!  Well, I’ve recently come out of a cave (AKA 9-month-old twins), and I saw a TV ad for this movie and I thought, self, what the hell kind of a movie is this?  A comedy about black maids in the South during the civil rights era where the main characters appear to be young white women?  Even the name is obnoxious.  So, now I find out that there is an obnoxious book that it’s based on.  Figures.  

      However, I have read a couple of books in the past few months, and I’m telling everyone about one of them (why not readers of a fashion blog?).  It’s Travels in Siberia, by Ian Frazier (writes for the New Yorker), it’s a travel book, of course, and it’s the best book I’ve read in 10 years at least.  I gave it to my mom to read just so someone else I know would have read it, and she couldn’t put it down.  It’s really long, but it’s very funny, informative, thoughtful.  It made be buy two of his previous travel books, even (oh, and I can’t remember ever reading travel books).

      Viola and Allison look good.  Everyone else–eh….
       

      • Anonymous

        You might want to read the book and make up your own mind about whether or not it’s “obnoxious”.   I know a great many people, black as well as white, who don’t agree with that assessment.

      • Anonymous

        Congrats on twins!  I have a twin..she posts on here too :)   Lilithcat is right…give it a read and see what you think. Its one of the first books I was able to stay awake for after having son #2 and I liked it a lot. Don’t judge by the trailer…the trailer does make it seem like more of a comedy, which is unfortunate.
        I’ll give Travels in Siberia a whirl. Always looking for a good recommendation…

    • MilaXX

      Thank you for voicing exactly why as much as I love Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer I won’t be seeing the help. What’s next, Driving Ms Daisy 2?

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I love the idea of those earrings with that dress but not with her red hair. Too much. Not sure WHO it would work on, though. I suppose it is too eye catchy. 

    • Anonymous

      Octavia looks all ‘mother of the bride’.

    • Katherine Goodman

      I loved The Help when I read it, as did my husband, my mother, my sister, and my mother-in-law (who is a history/geography teacher in Starkville, Mississippi).  My husband was horrified by the movie trailer for The Help, however (I haven’t seen it) — he told me that the film took a serious story and a serious subject and tried to make them funny.

      As a Southerner who knows quite a lot about American history, I found the book pretty unbelievable and rife with wishful thinking.  I love where I come from, but Lord knows the South has problems, and I do wonder whether it is possible to fix a place that romanticizes a glorified, fictionalized past and where many people seem determined to remain racist and ignorant.  That being said, I recognized The Help as a piece of fiction, and enjoyed it as such.

      Viola Davis and Allison Janney are the only ones who stand out for me on this red carpet.  I’d like Emma Stone’s look better if she didn’t have that smug/irritated expression on her face.  Lighten up, honey, you’re wearing Chanel.

    • Anonymous

      Allison Janney is the best-looking woman out there. The hair is not amazing, but the dress fits her really well, and the jewelry is a good match.

      I’m particularly unimpressed with Emma Stone’s whole ghost ensemble and Viola Davis’ ill-fitting wig. They’re supposed to be the hardest hitters in that red carpet.

      I’m yet to understand the appeal of either BDH or Chastain. At all. They have the charisma of a Vogue intern.

    • Anonymous

      Allison Janney is the best-looking woman out there. The hair is not amazing, but the dress fits her really well, and the jewelry is a good match.

      I’m particularly unimpressed with Emma Stone’s whole ghost ensemble and Viola Davis’ ill-fitting wig. They’re supposed to be the hardest hitters in that red carpet.

      I’m yet to understand the appeal of either BDH or Chastain. At all. They have the charisma of a Vogue intern.

    • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

      I like the book…it as not a life-changing piece of literature, and was certainly unrealistic (and the writing voices the author took on when she wrote the chapters as the maids were annoying), but I didn’t hate it. The really funny part with how I ended up reading it is the people who kept recommending it to me were all white Southern ladies of privilege who I work with or for. They eat that stuff up! 

      The movie, however, I will not go and see. I have already been through this experience once before (with Wicked…sigh) and I don’t want to end up hating everything to do with the book just because they Disney-ed up a rather serious story. 

      ANyway, the clothes….I am underwhelemed. Viola looks great, but mostly because she it THRILLED to be there. Otherwise…meh. There is a lot of nice jewelry on that carpet, though.

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm. Alison Janney could have looked great if that skirt were shorter.

      I am about halfway through the book. I think it’s well written and the plot certainly moves along. But I saw a trailer for the movie and it didn’t seem to match the book–seemed more like a comedy so I sense a certain disconnect between the book and the movie. However, I should really reserve judgment until I finish the book.
       

    • Anonymous

      Octavia Spencer: Yes to everything you wrote, plus it would also be helpful to not stand there like a construction worker in a dress.
      Viola Davis – Agreed on how aging the hair is, but it really is a great dress. The color does all sorts of wonderful things for her.
      Bryce Dallas Howard – It’s a sexy sister-wife dress.
      Emma Stone – Wow, way to wash herself out completely with those non-colors.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Waiting for Scotty to ask where the men are…. :)

      • MilaXX

        Pfft, the last thing this movie needs is a magical negro.

        • scottyf

          Hear,Hear

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          I meant on the red carpet, sheesh. :)

          • scottyf

            Now why’d ya’ have to go and do that? :)

            I was actually fine with it…until I went to Getty Images and found this picture of cast member David Oyelowo in a outfit, seemingly with all the accoutrements our hosts espouse for males on the RC: suit with well-hemmed pant cuffs; interesting vest to off-set white shirt; and collar pulled up.

            *sigh*

            I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t hurt. Especially after what Soul Brothers T&Lo said yesterday:
            “We take your point about featuring more men of color on the blog, but we can’t magically force them to walk a red carpet.”

            But I respect them both immensely, and I’m going to assume they had very good reason. Maybe that shot wasn’t available when they went to press. Maybe it didn’t fit in with what they wanted to accomplish in this post.

            While I love this blog, I can’t expect it to be my source for validation.

            …but I ain’t gonna say it don’t hurt.

            • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

              First rule of blogging: never, ever explain yourself because someone will always use your words against you.

              Thanks for the reminder!

            • scottyf

              You are good men.

    • Denny Li

      I thought the book was problematic, but what pushed me over the edge to loathing was the sheer amount of praise it received. The characters are farcical, the various mini-plots ran the gamut from cliched to simply unbelievable -it’s one thing to read it and have a bit of a laugh, but to read it and think this is what life was like for black domestics in the American South?  Seriously? 

      As for the red carpet, Octavia Spencer’s make up is beautiful and I like Emma Stone’s outfit, colorless as it is.  I also think Bryce Dallas Howard looks the splitting image of Christina Hendricks (except for the preggers) in these photos.   

      • Anonymous

        I haven’t read the book, in part because the point of view struck me as so odd, off, and wrong. This comparison is not at all apt, I know, but the point of view alone — it’s like publishing The Nanny Diaries and having the narrator be not the nanny but the rich New York mothers who hired her.

    • Rand Ortega

      More of the supremacist oligarchy glossing over its institutionalized oppression by glamorizing through the POV of the complicit sympathetic “heroine”. What’s next? “Manzanar: The Musical” told through the eyes of 1 of the kindly, armed guards?
      For those of you who don’t have a problem w/ this type of portrayal–that whites are the superior focus & people of color are subordinate object lessons– you’re the target audience. The book was constructed for you to play on your conditioning that this societal construction is the way things are supposed to be.

    • Anonymous

      bless your fancy bitchpants for hating this book! I was wary of it when it was all the rage (I worked at a bookstore for awhile, when the book first came out), because it seemed kinda….the struggle of Black women as told by the white women who benefited from their oppression. Reviews I’ve read since, especially by Black critics or Black studies critics, confirm my suspicions. And when TLo says it, I know it’s true. And dear god that Bryce Howard Dallas looks awful. Polygamist Betsy Ross is probably the most generous description. Ugh. And Emma Stone looks like a bitch with too make makeup on. Girl’s making the big bucks for people to look at her; least she could do is try not to look like she just stepped in dogshit.

    • Anonymous

      I think Viola Davis looks fab head to toe. Everyone else is meh, by comparison.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t read the book for a long time, because I lived it. I was a privileged white child born in the South in 1961 and raised by the help. I loved the black woman who raised me more than anything in the world and cried to go home with her at night. She gave me the love I didn’t get anywhere else, and helped make me the person I am. I will always be grateful to her. She left us after her brother died and left her enough money so she didn’t have to work for white ladies anymore. When I did read the book for my book club, I was struck by the dead-on accuracy. A friend in Jackson, MS tells me everyone there knows who the various white ladies are. 

      Don’t mind any of the looks except Bryce’s sister-wife garb. Pregnant doesn’t have to be ugly.

    • Anonymous

      The film looks absolutely flat and one dimensional to me, despite a fantastic, stellar, much admired cast of actors.  Viola looks great here, she almost always pulls it out really, really well.  Ms.Howard should publicly shun kate Spade at the next big Hamptons event for doing that to her in her delicate condition.  The pose doesn’t help either.
      I disagree about Allison Janney – should looks fab head to toe, no quibbles or qualms at all.  LOVE that hair cut on her.  And a woman that tall absolutely can do that hemline perfectly well.
      The rest – I’m bored now….

      • Anonymous

        I agree on all points. Actually, I think Kate Spade should have been shunned before she had the chance to design clothes. The popularity of her sorority girl handbags has always mystified me.

        I love Allison Janney. She looks fabulous in that dress, and the length is perfect. Oh, would that I could wear that hemline.

    • http://profiles.google.com/yhawkins13 Yolanda Hawkins

      This red carpet was meh.  Viola’s dress if taken out a bit in the midsection would have been hands down, the winner.  I do like Emma’s, but the colorless palette does nothing for her – washes her out completely.  No wonder she looked pissed.

      Read the book and had a hard time of it and I don’t think of it as the literary masterpiece that so many believe it to be.  My grandmother and her sisters were “The Help” so I was more than familiar with the life of Aibileen and Minny. 

      • MilaXX

        My grandmother was as well. Cant say I find this cute in the least.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583342965 Melody Sellers

      Hated the book before I read it, then I liked it but I already hate the movie.  How can turning the civil rights struggle into a light comedic romp ever be a good thing.  Folks already think we (black people) made up all the stories of struggle.  Anyway, this is not the most fantabulous red carpet I’ve seen.  Emma Stone looks pissed and tired and everyone else, Yawn.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        “Folks already think we (black people) made up all the stories of struggle.”

        Wow, I’ve never heard this before. Are those the same folks who think the Holocaust never happened?

        IAMSOBZ

    • Anonymous

      BDH looks like a knocked up Disney princess but her earrings bring out her pretty eyes.

    • http://profiles.google.com/burchardg Greg Burchard

      Octavia Spencer’s makeup is beautiful – she looks stunning even if the dress isn’t exactly right.

    • Anonymous

      I’m throwing this question out to all in general in hopes of learning somethin. Regarding Allison Janneys hem length and other TLo posts about similar hem lengths – what is so wrong about a mid calf hem length?  I find it very appealling and flattering on many women and think it can go a long way to elongating a look towards a thinness that might not exist.  That isn’t Ms. Janneys issue, of course, she has height in spades and a good figure but I often see some others in dresses that stop mid thigh or knee and it just cuts them into short boxes.  Help educate me kittens…….

      • Alyson Lamble

        Allison Janney is very tall and has great legs.  The hem is hiding them, not showing them to their fullest advantage.

        • Anonymous

          Sooo…. one’s fashion choices should be made simply to show off good body parts?  Should Sofia Vergara goes topless or wear only plunging necklines?  Should Angelina Jolie wear assless chaps?  I’m not sure i can get on board with making exposing good body parts be the determining factor for choosing an outfit.  Why can’t the dress or fabric be the thing you want to highlight?  I understand that dressing in a way that is flattering to your body, I’m chubby, I get that.  But when you have a great figure, can’t you just enjoy more options and let the clothes be the feature sometimes?  What about long evening gowns?  they would certainly always cover her legs, are they out as well?

          • Alyson Lamble

            One’s fashion choices should be about accentuating one’s best assets, yes.  In the case of Allison Janney, she has really great legs, which you can’t see when she’s wearing this particular dress, because her hem stops about six inches from her ankle.  I certainly don’t advocate what T and Lo have so charmingly dubbed the “gyno hem” but there is a happy medium and this particular length, on this particular actress, in this particular dress, is not it.  And in no way, shape or form could anyone have seriously taken my comment above to insinuate that I am in favor of flashing any or all best assets, so thanks for completely misinterpreting. 

          • Alyson Lamble

            One’s fashion choices should be about accentuating one’s best assets, yes.  In the case of Allison Janney, she has really great legs, which you can’t see when she’s wearing this particular dress, because her hem stops about six inches from her ankle.  I certainly don’t advocate what T and Lo have so charmingly dubbed the “gyno hem” but there is a happy medium and this particular length, on this particular actress, in this particular dress, is not it.  And in no way, shape or form could anyone have seriously taken my comment above to insinuate that I am in favor of flashing any or all best assets, so thanks for completely misinterpreting. 

      • Toni Mitt

        A mid-calf length can look very pretty when in a full skirt and flats, a la Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”.  But I find in a fitted skirt, the most flattering is just below the knee.  It cuts just at the thinnest part of the leg and really shows off the calf and ankle.  When they cut off in mid-calf, it makes them look wider and meatier than they are.  Even a hem below the calf is better, because, again it hits at one of the thinnest part of the leg…  I learned this as a tall, zaftig woman needing her skirts to be as flattering as possible….

        • Anonymous

          Ok, this I understand, thanks.  I still like the dress on Allison!  :)

      • MilaXX

        I like a mid calf length, but it’s hard to pull off. I really don’t like it on Allison Janney.

    • Anonymous

      Is Byrce Dallas going to storm the Bastille?

      • Anonymous

        She will give birth to liberty on the ramparts.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know about the book, don’t plan to see the film, but ALLISON JANNEY! Love. huh. Sassy haircut and perfect coloring. Yay CJ.

      • Anonymous

        AGREED!  I adore her haircut like that.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        The fact that Janney is in it might actually get me to go. She looks fab except the shoes. 

      • akprincess72

        She’s the Jackal…
        (one of my favorite episodes)

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I agree with most of what was said.  Viola looks fab in red and the gold jewelry.  Allison Janney is a GODDESS!  Emma Stone looks like a ghost.  Bryce Dallas Howard looks like she’s wearing something from Mulan’s maternity collection. 

    • Anonymous

      I like Bryce’s earrings.  The upper stone is the exact same color as her eyes!

      • Toni Mitt

        Agreed!  The dress is dreadful, but her makeup, earrings and hair make her face look relaxed and beautiful! 

    • Anonymous

      Allison Janney is so gorgeous. That dress needs to be put side-by-side with a collection of circus freaks, though, because it actually makes her look stumpy. How can a woman with legs longer than my whole body look stumpy? I am baffled.

      This is a pretty lousy collection of outfits, although clearly the top-tier make-up artists in Hollywood were called in as all the faces look great. I love how Octavia Spencer looks like she’s going to kick our collective asses. And while I hate turquoise (the gem) I actually am okay with pairing them with the fuschia gown; Cameron Diaz did the same a few years ago and it really worked (although, granted, her dress was much more impressive).

    • MilaXX

      Viola Davis – I like the dress and accessories, a spanx would help that midsection. The hair is a bit dated. She looks better on the cover of this month’s Essence magazine.
      Bryce Dallas Howard – This would have looked cute if she had worn it knee length.
      Octavia Spencer – I wish she had gotten this dress with sleeves rather than using the wrap to cover her arms. Also the bag is too big.
      Allison Janney – She looks pretty, but I don’t really like the print. The length needs to be either longer or shorter.
      Emma Stone – All around No for me. Between the “Child please!” expression, the gotta pee pose,  hiked up dress and the too pale colors, it’s just not working.
      Jessica Chastain – Generic dress.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for posting the link to the Essence cover.  That’s what I thought V. Davis looked like – I recall thinking she really brought it to the RC in the past – and I was confused when I saw this pic of her. The red is lovely but the hair is matronly.  I think the tummy pooch is kind of adorable.

        • MilaXX

          I have a major girl crush on Viola Davis

      • akprincess72

        I also thank you for the link, Viola looks fabulous on that cover!

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      I was thinking you were being a little harsh on Spencer, assuming she was “of a certain age.”  That age being about 50…so I was surprised to see she’s only 39.  And it’s not that her face looks 50, that dress and that hair really did age her.

      As for the three redheads, Chastain at least comes the closest to what works on a redhead. Howard, bless her heart, is Opie Cunningham’s daughter through and through and will always look like a boiled ham and American cheese on Wonder bread sandwich.  Stone, who’s not a natural redhead so may not be aware about dressing for gingers, still should remember she’s practically translucent and find some kind of color to wear.

    • Toto Maya

      I was turned off by the trailer, honestly. Oh, a white woman writing about the experiences of black people, because there is no way in hell a black person could tell their own story. It has to be told FOR them. And 80% of the trailer was just white woman giggling while the black women stood in the background wondering why they were getting such a kick out of their servitude. No thanks.

    • Mary McClelland

      I think emma stone’s make-up is very aging on her.  Yikes! She looks like she’s on the wrong side of 35.  Also, who decided to put Octavia in Blanche Devereaux’s bedspread.  Girl, no.  A bold color and a sophisticated cut would do wonders.  I don’t mind Jessica Chastin’s earring/dress combo.  I love the colors of the earrings next to her face with her skin tone and hair, but the dress is kinda bridesmaid. 

    • Mary McClelland

      I think emma stone’s make-up is very aging on her.  Yikes! She looks like she’s on the wrong side of 35.  Also, who decided to put Octavia in Blanche Devereaux’s bedspread.  Girl, no.  A bold color and a sophisticated cut would do wonders.  I don’t mind Jessica Chastin’s earring/dress combo.  I love the colors of the earrings next to her face with her skin tone and hair, but the dress is kinda bridesmaid. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for voicing your opinion about this book, TLo–I also hated it.  Yes, it’s depressing that there are still so few substantial roles in Hollywood for black women.  I’d like to see some of Octavia Butler’s books made into movies!  

      • Anonymous

        I just got goosebumps.  Octavia Butler is one of my all time favorite writers.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for voicing your opinion about this book, TLo–I also hated it.  Yes, it’s depressing that there are still so few substantial roles in Hollywood for black women.  I’d like to see some of Octavia Butler’s books made into movies!  

    • http://twitter.com/Itsy__Spider Bitsy Carver

      The AV Club seems to agree with you! They gave it a D+ http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-help,60213/

    • http://twitter.com/Itsy__Spider Bitsy Carver

      The AV Club seems to agree with you! They gave it a D+ http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-help,60213/

    • Anonymous

      Maybe my sarcasm detector is on the fritz today, but you know she’s not really holding her dress up, right? It’s actually an asymmetrical hemline, with a slit up the thigh. Check it out at gofugyourself.com. But since it’s asymmetrical, I’m assuming you hate it with the fire of 1,000 suns and don’t want to be confronted with it’s image any longer…

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      The book (or the movie) doesn’t interest me at all. I saw an interview with the author that made me want to vomit. I think she actually said that everyone in the south knows each other, and she came off like a snooty bitch.

    • Anonymous

      OMG, I wore the exact same dress as Bryce Dallas Howard to my 7th grade graduation in 1981. Of course, it was not materinity and the hem was shorter, but it is basically the same dress! That is cracking me up. I think Viola looks not-so-good, that hair is VERY aging, the dress doesn’t fit well and is boring and I think someone had the same make-up on at my 7th grade graduation.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Damn, when did Allison Janney get like, 10 years younger?

    • Anonymous

      Personally, I enjoyed The Help. As a black woman, there were certainly
      plenty of times when I bristled at some it but to act as if only happy
      everybody getting along stories are the good ones calls for a special
      kind of arrogance that I don’t have. Did I miss the author’s statement where she said that she intended the book to be an accurate retelling of that period of history? No. It’s a book club read with some good characters. If you’re looking for an amazing historical work about the lives of African-Americans, then get out of the fiction section of your local bookstore and check out The Warmth of Other Suns or Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Simply awesome.

      Everyone keeps talking about Viola
      Davis deserves better roles than this and blah, blah, blah but I think
      she will be wonderful as Abileen. She just gave a great interview on NPR where she touched on some of the drama around the movie: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/139385256/despite-criticism-oscar-nominee-prides-the-help

      I would hope that people would consider seeing the movie because they want to see a great actress at work or maybe because they want to see if she can spin gold out of crap. Either way, I hope people see it.

      As for her dress, I shrieked and wondered if she ran out of the house and her spanx on the back of her bathroom door.

      • MilaXX

        I know this debate comes up every time a movie like this comes out, and I often feel like Viola’s number 1 fan, but I cant cosign on this movie. I get so tired of seeing talented actors and actress delegated to movie like this. For me it’s not a matter of historical accuracy.  I saw Jumping the Broom because while it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t a Tyler Perry film. I watched Love Jones over the weekend and was saddened to think that of all the rom coms thrown at us this summer, the most recent ones with people of color was Love Jones and Love & Basketball.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I know this is not the movie for me.

        • Anonymous

          I totally agree with what you’re saying about being tired of actors being delegated to certain roles but, now that I’ve seen the movie, I would really encourage you to reconsider and check it out. Much like Jumping the Broom, this is very much an anti-Tyler Perry/Madea/shucking ‘n jiving film. Yes, the black actresses play women who work as maids but these characters are fairly well fleshed out women first. Unlike the ‘I ain’t birthed no babies!’ maid from GWTW and other grotesque roles, Abileen and Minnie and the others are far from stock characterizations. Whether it’s due to the quality of the acting, the writing or both, they are two wonderful multifaceted characters that we haven’t seen on screen in some time.

          As for Love Jones, Love & Basketball and don’t forget The Best Man, I blame TP. Madea seems to have sucked all the air out of romantic black film. I hope the people behind Broom and several smaller independent films that have come along can change that tide. And if we’re lucky, TP will let someone else take the reins and make a film.

      • Anonymous

        thanks for the reading recommendations and the Viola Davis/NPR link, nancymae.

    • http://twitter.com/a_liking Ali King

      Oh, no, that is not a good look for Emma Stone. Translucent gray is -not- her color.

    • Rand Ortega

      Allison Janney is probably the only woman who could wear the pee pee pad dress & I’d still approve. God, that woman is Stun. Ning!
      The dress is delicious, full frakkin’ stop!

    • Anonymous

      “Pure Ethel Mertz…..”  HAH!  That is too funny.  I love Viola’s look, especially the hair–the first thing I thought when I looked at it was, she looks like one of the Supremes.  Agree with your other assessments except for Jessica Chastain.  I rather like the “pop” of such wildly different earrings.  Something gold, or sparkly, or amethyst-y would have been so very standard.  These are imaginative and fun.

    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      I can hardly tell what emma’s dress looks like from these pics, but it looks like it doesn’t fit.  Like it’s too big.  It makes her look boxy.  Just not really cute.

      Jessica’s dress is pretty at first glance, but the swirl thing makes her look so broad in the hips.  I think the color is pretty though, and I like the earrings, but I’m torn as to whether either are good choices here. 

      BDH always wears fug maternity clothes.  I think there was one that was like, avocado green brocade.  It was hideous!  This isn’t as bad.  I’ve been looking at the picture, and the thing that bothers me is it looks like a very casual dress, it doesn’t fit the surroundings.   

    • Anonymous

      I can hardly tell what emma’s dress looks like from these pics, but it looks like it doesn’t fit.  Like it’s too big.  It makes her look boxy.  Just not really cute.

      Jessica’s dress is pretty at first glance, but the swirl thing makes her look so broad in the hips.  I think the color is pretty though, and I like the earrings, but I’m torn as to whether either are good choices here. 

      BDH always wears fug maternity clothes.  I think there was one that was like, avocado green brocade.  It was hideous!  This isn’t as bad.  I’ve been looking at the picture, and the thing that bothers me is it looks like a very casual dress, it doesn’t fit the surroundings.   

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      I like emma’s make up and that last chick’s dress.  And I’m glad to finally glad to see a white person who didn’t like the book; I was wondering if they existed.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      The book and movie sounded dreadful even before I read TLo’s assessment. Davis looks great; perhaps I need to rock more red and gold, but I’m a silver surfer.  BDH could have done better. Chastain’s earrings are drop dead ugly–really pretty dress, though.

    • sonictofu

      love seeing grown-ups werqing that red carpet – especially Viola and Alison!

    • sonictofu

      love seeing grown-ups werqing that red carpet – especially Viola and Alison!

    • Anonymous

      J’adore that purple color on the little red! 

    • Anonymous

      I love the Chanel dress, though the color’s not doing anything for Emma. But she definitely isn’t lifting her skirt.
      http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2011/spring/main/europe/couturerunway/chanel/#slide42&ss1

    • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

      I want to smack Emma’s smirk off that freaking face. I really like her, but this look is as half-assed as anything I’ve seen- and Chanel no less. On the other hand, completely love Jessica Chastain’s look, though I feel like I’ve seen it before. As soon as I scrolled down, I said “Finally! Someone dressed like they actually care!”

    • Anonymous

      Viola Davis generally knocks ‘em dead on the red carpet.

      Cut the preggo lady some slack, I imagine she thought the skirt would billow out around her like a New Look ball gown. Not that that would have been fabulous.

      What a difference a smile makes. Octavia Spencer’s half smile turns her into “A Face that Could Launch a Thousand Ships.” Lovely, serene, but able to turn Not Amused on a dime. And Emma Stone’s 2nd smile is definitely going south from “wryly amused.”

      Allison Janney always looks so much like a real person I want to talk to that I skip over the clothes at first.

    • Anonymous

      Those earrings definately not.  But I DO like the color pairing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=93401353 Liz Strawbridge

      Jessica Chastain is gorgeous. Ever since The Little Mermaid came out when I was in kindergarten, I have had major envy of women with cascading red hair.

      Sorry, but Emma Stone is giving me a Courtney Love vibe in these pics.

    • Anonymous

      About The Book and The Movie (read half the book & lost interest, though, having moved to North Carolina as the child of Yankee transplants at age 7, I recognized some of the neighborhood households):

      The real problem, IMO, isn’t as much how the book/movie voices what it portrays, it’s that there’s so little in popular culture (more than there used to be, especially in fiction, but still, so little) that grapples with the stories of our history & society in which race is central, and does so from the non-white POV, that the book/movie has to carry too much freight.

      There are dozens of novels out every year which tell the tale of oh, for instance, middle or upper middle class (mostly white) persons getting divorced, & it just doesn’t matter that half of them have the same, vaguely inspirational, vaguely wish-fullfillment and seriously unrealistic plot.  None of them is in any danger of being held up as “telling the real story” of a time and place.

      And while, as white folk, I know I can’t feel the complicated feelings and definitely not the same-old-sh*t fatigue that many persons of color feel, I’m sad that the African-American actresses in this film got so chewed over in some circles for taking on these roles. Every successful actor in the business has been in some flawed, stupid or just awful movies – AND gone out and shilled for them – and was able to pose for the publicity, bank the paycheck and move on without having to be responsible for policing the industry in which they work.

    • Anonymous

      The buzz and trailer and cast got me interested and my neighborhood girl-clan raved about the book and have a date for us to see the movie (they did this to me with SATC2, too, if that tells you anything), so I have to go. It has a 63 on metacritic (http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-help) so, we’ll see. I’m a huge Viola Davis fan, am intrigued by Octavia Spencer and that it has Allison Janney is just icing on the cake out of a cake mix cake.

      About these dresses, well I think Octavia looks great (attitude is everything, honey) and I love the Chanel on Emma Stone. It’s a little washed out color wise, but it’s a gorgeous dress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Cannon/1444597665 Michael Cannon

      wow, could the white women be any whiter? jeebus, it is set in the South, but I guess these women never leave the house without an umbrella or the help to block the sun.

    • Sylvia Baba

      I actually love the turquoise paired with that fuchsia. Problem is, it’s already been done by Blake Lively.

    • Sylvia Baba

      I actually love the turquoise paired with that fuchsia. Problem is, it’s already been done by Blake Lively.

    • Anonymous

      As a sometime-writer, nothing is scarier to me than the idea of being limited by my sex, race, era, socioeconomic status or very species, in the fiction I create. Imagine if it were socially acceptable to only write from the perspective of your own tiny piece of reality? We’d have no Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; we’d be missing entire genres like science fiction and historical fiction.

      It’s fine to dislike the book, but don’t let your reason be the race of the characters or the author.

    • Anonymous

      I just don’t get it. All that money to spend on clothes, and they mostly look as badly as the average Mother of the Bride. Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously very late to the conversation, but I read the book – and  being a southern girl, I would say it was  – at least to me more about the relationship between the women. Writing any book in this time period is going to be difficult – especially for a southern writer, but I don’t see how anyone could read the book and not be touched by Minnie and Cecilia