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The Blind Side

The Blind Side
Movie: The Blind Side(2010)[tt0878804] Based on the true story of Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael Oher. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne soon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michael's skills. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. Michael Oher was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. Written bygarykmcd
Title The Blind Side
Release Date 26 March 2010 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, Sport
Production Companies Alcon Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment, Left Tackle Pictures
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock...
Leigh Anne Tuohy...
Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw...
Sean Tuohy...
Quinton Aaron
Quinton Aaron...
Michael Oher...
Jae Head
Jae Head...
S.J. Tuohy...
Lily Collins
Lily Collins...
Collins Tuohy...
Ray McKinnon
Ray McKinnon...
Coach Cotton...
Kim Dickens
Kim Dickens...
Mrs. Boswell...
Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox...
Denise Oher...
Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates...
Miss Sue...
Catherine Dyer
Catherine Dyer...
Mrs. Smith...
Andy Stahl
Andy Stahl...
Principal Sandstrom...
Tom Nowicki
Tom Nowicki...
Literature Teacher...
Libby Whittemore
Libby Whittemore...
Sarcastic Teacher...
Melody Weintraub
Melody Weintraub...
History Teacher...

Reviews

itszombietime on 11 October 2010
First of all, Quinton did a fine job in the lead role. Let's get that out of the way. Great acting job. He took the material he was given and played the role very well.However, this film is pure Hollywood sap, a "feel good" movie that picks and chooses factual elements and builds a fictional tale around them. The film loves the character of Leigh Ann (who is really not that interesting, although she is kind hearted and generous), and as a result, Oher is relegated to a shy over-sized charity case with no clue and no skills of any sort, other than his natural kindness and resilient character. That strengthens the focus on Leigh Ann's rescue actions, how she "saved" this poor aimless kid and gave him all the life skills he needed to succeed on and off the football field. It resonates with white suburban do-gooder audiences, but it's just not accurate.In truth, Michael Oher was already a very good football player when the Tuohy family took him in. And he had a bold, confident personality that rubbed off on everyone and made him a natural leader. He was a motivated, focused kid who knew what he wanted, but came from an environment where no one really cared or provided support. He was NOT a shy, introverted pathetic case. He just came from a terrible domestic environment and found stability with a nice rich family. The real story of Michael Oher is how he caught the luckiest of breaks and escaped the ghetto jungle and was able to leave all that soul crushing crap behind, and focus on academics and athletics in a completely different upper middle class environment. It's a study in how important environment is in the life of kids and teenagers, and how it can make a huge difference.But what we, the audience, receive is a Hallmark channel film that is nothing more than a lazy, formulaic, fictionalized "warm your heart" chick flick couched in a football world. Sassy dialogue, woman-takes-charge scenes, tender moments, etc -- all the usual stuff is there. The film would have been FAR better had it focused on Oher as the lead character, instead of Bullock. No offense to Bullock, who is a fine actor.It is well known that real life Michael Oher was very displeased with this film, and how it portrayed him.

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