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The Blind Side (2010)


The Blindside
 
This was on my “to see” list from its debut in theaters. Initially (and ironically, since I'm the least among us who likes football) I was the only one of my immediate family interested, so it was “abandoned” in pursuit of other theater trips. Since it appeared on DVD, there were several surprises in store as a result of that, not the least of which was that suddenly my family was actually clamoring to see it. 


Life for the Tuohy family is like living in a picture perfect American dream. The kids, Collins (Lily Collins) and S.J. attend a prestigious Christian school and the family lives in a beautiful home provided by dad’s success in the restaurant business. Father, Sean (Tim McGraw) has an impressive athletic career ahead of him before an injury benched him. Mother, Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) is a no-nonsense sort of woman who is not only a devoted parent and wife but also a busy career woman. And then, son, S.J. (Jae Head) befriends the new kid, “big” Mike (Quiton Aaron) ,who is not only quiet but feels “misplaced” among the student body.

As the family runs across Michael Oher during their school activities, Leigh Anne's heart reaches out to the troubled teen, who not only has anyone caring for him, but is also homeless. Eventually, Michael returns home with the Tuohy family where they slowly chip away his barriers. Underneath, they discover his protective instinct and natural athleticism may be the perfect combination for the school football team… and he has found a place in their lives where he belongs.

The Blind Side

It’s unusual that an impression of a film has been formed only at the outcome of the story, to walk away thinking something different. Just that is the case for this blockbuster. Praise for The Blind Side was in agreement; most reviews were unified in proclaiming this one as being inspirational and emotional. I don’t want to “ruin” anyone’s acclaim for it by creating a misconception, but really this is “different” than you’d originally think when popping the disc into the player. What most grabs our attention is the comedy woven into the script. Truthfully I never expected so many witty one-liners or laughter that brings you to tears. No matter what conclusion you come to in viewing this, what cannot be argued is that it’s a well-made production and it most defiantly does not have heart-pounding excitement driving it, instead it builds to a crescendo that examines the motives behind the characters actions.
 
Some of the best scenes that play into this are when Leigh Anne reaches a kind of crossroads wondering about her own motivations. Its in these kind of moments where the script finds its stride and the emotions rise to the surface. It’s in the unassuming scenes of Collins' supporting Michael at school, or Leigh Anne being affected by Michael’s honest admissions or Michael expressing his opinion that speaks to us as being profound, rather than the whole scope of the film. Then there's the marvelous acting. To be fair, I’d not seen – and still haven’t seen most of the other actresses up with Sandra in 2010 for an Oscar, she manages this role with grace. McGraw, Collins and Kathy Bates turn in similarly wonderful performances, and Aaron was spectacular as the quiet Michael (not having many lines makes your acting job all the harder!), but the spotlight really belongs to newcomer Jae Head. He was HILARIOUS – he knows how to get his audiences’ attention and keep it for the duration of the film.
 
The Blind Side
 
From the simple (and affective) opening titles, you somehow just “know” this is going to be well worth the two-hour runtime. (Of course some of that may have had to do with all of the “buzz” surrounding it.) Lest you think otherwise, don't misunderstand, this is an emotionally satisfying story. Fortunately, it throws in surprises too which is what helps to make it so wonderful. If there was only one movie I could have recommend of all the movies I’d seen in 2010, this likely would have been it.

CONTENT: Profanity does pop up occasionally [including uses of the n-word]. Michael gets into a dramatically tense fistfight when his family is being verbally attacked. A mother tells her son not to get a girl pregnant, using a reference to male anatomy.] Gangs call out disrespectful slurs about a woman. Several instances deal with Michael’s background and the fact that he lived in a neighborhood where gangs and abuse ran rampant. Brief troubling flashbacks show Michael and his siblings being taken from their mothers’ custody while it’s said she is addicted to drugs. Racial ramifications are discussed.

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  1. My mom and I loved this one! We too rented it and ended up buying it when it was on one of those $5 dollar racks. Glad you liked it too! ;D

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    1. This is one worth owning just because it's such a lovely story - and it's true! What could be better? :)

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  2. I loved this movie. I agree with what you said, it had an element of comedy that I wasn't expecting either when I saw it. Still, very heartwarming. :)

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    1. That comedy was not something I expected in the least, Lauren so I loved how unexpected that came across. The acting is great. The story wonderful. Everything works together really well and that is too rare. :)

      Happy to see you here again!

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  3. I thought this movie was amazing. I first saw the trailer back in 2010 and immediately wanted to see it, but didn't get to until about a month or two ago. And then...yeah. It was good. I especially liked the lead lady...ugh, I know who she is, but just forgot her name. While she's not really a great role-model in some ways, she's a pretty impressive woman!

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    1. I think this is one of the best "true story" (inspirational) films available today. It was wonderfully acted and told. The star is Sandra Bullock and yes, she's one talented lady. Her movies are always ones that get me to sit up and take notice. :)

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