“The Help” is a 2011 drama written and directed by Tate Taylor and built on Kathryn Stockett’s novel by the same name. The film features performances by Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone. The film centers on an aspirant journalist Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. The movie focuses on her relationship with two African American maids, Aibileen Clark, and Minny Jackson, during the early 1960s in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Skeeter writes a book from the point of the maids that exposes the racism they face while working for white families. The performances of the cast. The film chooses to take a lighter more humorous tone and yet still has disheartening moments to it. It got positive reviews by the critics. The film collected four Oscar nominations by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and including Best Picture, Best Actress (Davis) and best Supporting Actress (both Chastain and Spencer). Viola Davis won the award.
The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Movies pairs this film with Breakside Brewery’s Dream Pop IPA. This New England Style India Pale Ale has an ABV of 6.1%. It is a cloudy orange with a thick white head. You get grapefruit and pineapple on the nose. It is easy on the palette without excessive bitterness and the taste of fresh tropical fruits. It is an extremely easy drinking beer that you will want to reach for again and again. I chose this beer for this film because it is lighter and a less bitter tasting IPA to go with this lighter film.