One Movie and One Concert Not To Be Missed

Two things we did this summer that I forgot to tell you and you should put on your “to do” list…


See the movie “The Help”

I read the book last year and couldn’t put it down. I admit that I have low expectations whenever a book is turned into a movie. The people in my mind don’t match who they cast in the movie role. I also know you can’t cram all the depth of a book into 2 hours.

But in this case, I thought they did a stellar job and the casting was excellent.

Read the book before or after. Elizabeth bought the book after we saw the movie. Big endorsement as reading is not her favorite activity!

Either way, I believe the movie will entertain you, make you laugh, make you cry and most importantly make you think.

It’s worthy of discussion as a family.


See Keith Urban in concert.

Even if you don’t like country music. Even if you don’t score bargain last minute day of the concert tickets on craigslist like I did. Go ahead and splurge.

Photo courtesy of Joanna

One of the top three concerts we’ve ever been to.

This is from rocker PhilBillPaul who is not the biggest country music lover in the house.

I am.

The darling twins are.

They grabbed last minute tickets after they found out I did so it was fun to meet them in the lobby before the show.

They agreed and said best concert E.V.E.R.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve already seen the movie, read the book or fallen in love with Keith Urban in concert…


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  1. 1
    Barb McC says:

    The Help was my favorite of the books I read last year. I actually listened to the audio version with four actresses reading the parts. I agree the movie did the book justice. I predict Oscar nominations for the film, screenplay, and several of the actors. A couple of complaints: Emma Stone was a disappointment in the pivotal role of Skeeter. Her hair, make-up and wardrobe were far too contemporary looking, and her acting did nothing to convince me she was an early 60’s girl. Also, the Constantine thread was neglected (perhaps due to time constraints.) The scene with Constantine and Rachel at the end felt confusing and just tacked on.

    • 1.1
      Sherra says:

      I’m late to the comment party on my own blog but I wanted to say I think I’d love to listen to the audio version now that I’ve read the book and seen the movie. I really liked Emma Stone as Skeeter because I saw her (in my mind) in the book as a forward-thinking young woman who didn’t look like the average girl in the 60’s. I’m with you on the Constantine thread and that’s where I do think time gets in the way and that’s why the movie can be disappointing.

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    Kerri says:

    Loved the book…have not yet seen the movie. But I will!

    As for Keith, yep, a must see. I saw him years ago opening for Kenny Chesney (Keith, Dirks Bentley, and Kenny – what a lineup!) and I was hooked. This coming from a hard-rocking, alternative music fan. Since then I have seen him in concert three more times and he just keeps getting better.

    And it doesn’t hurt that he is really, really good looking. 😉

    • 2.1
      Sherra says:

      Don’t miss the movie!

      Agree with you on Keith. Absolutely improves with age and his concert this year was simply amazing. You’re right–his looks make the concert even more fun!! 😉

  3. 3
    Peggy says:

    Read the book then saw the movie- both were ‘top drawer’! Usually the movie ruins the book but not this time. Not too sure I’ll see the concert though, I’m more like PhilBillPaul in that regard. 🙂 But- I’m going to see Wicked, the Musical this weekend and am really looking forward to that!! Have you seen it?

    • 3.1
      Sherra says:

      Just put Keith on your bucket list. PhilBillPaul was shocked at how much he enjoyed the concert. Really, I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

      I’ve never seen Wicked – and since I’m late to comment I think you now have. Have heard rave reviews from everyone I know who has seen it. Let me hear how it was!

  4. 4
    Steff says:

    Saw them both and TOTALLY agree with you!!!!

  5. 5
    Melinda says:

    Read the book, it was great. Haven’t seen the movie. don’t have anyone who works at a movie theater so we seldom see movies. Prefer to wait for it to come out on video at which point we will purchase. FYI We have over 300 dvd’s so if you’re ever looking for a movie, we probably have it (remember Officer and a Gentleman??)
    Have not seen Keith U but did go to a Toby Keith concert last year with some girlfriends and that was excellent. I’m a rocker kind of girl myself as you may remember from your BBB but I did enjoy the show. I’m sure I would enjoy a Keith U show as well as I enjoy watching any good looking guy perform for me, lol!

  6. 6
    Melodi says:

    Read the book in my book club and LOVED it! We have been trying to plan a group trip to the movie theater and haven’t been able to coordinate it yet – think I might have to sneak out on my own and see it! We saw Keith Urban in concert 5 or 6 years ago at Milwaukee Summerfest. He opened for Tim McGraw and the 4 of us that attended all thought he was better than the main act! Doug doesn’t like him very much but I do and he is the country bumpkin – not me! He is truly a talented guitarist.

    • 6.1
      Sherra says:

      Tell Doug to give Keith another chance. He really gets better each year. And his guitar-playing reputation with all types of musicians speaks volumes about his talent!

      Hope you can still “The Help” on the big screen. It’s that kind of movie that is more fun to experience in the theater!

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    ~julie says:

    Saw the movie, read the book, then saw the movie again. Book is nearly always better than the movie (exception: Fried Green Tomatoes). Viola Davis—definite Best Actress Oscar nominee and (most likely) winner. Hard to believe she is young and beautiful under that maid uniform.