The Blind Side

the blind sideYesterday I had the opportunity to have a family movie day with my wife, my two boys and my in-laws.  We went to see a movie that I had great anticipation to see; The Blind Side.  In case you don’t know the details about The Blind Side I will provide an overview, a quick review and some life applicable thoughts.

The Blind Side movie is based on Michale Lewis’ book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.”  This remarkable true story of Michael Oher aka “Big Mike,” a homeless African-American youngster from a horribly broken home.   Michael was taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome, as a football player and student.  Oher works hard and with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. In the latest chapter of his inspiring story, Oher was a First Round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, selected by the Baltimore Ravens. The Touhys were there to share the moment with him.

My Review: This movie was one of the all around best movies that I have seen in a really long time.  The movie had excellent acting, suspense, reality and it was a tear jerking inspiration.  The movie is rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug references, mild sexual references and some language.  In my opinion the scenes were appropriately contextual.  Outside of those scenes, the movie was overall excellent and family friendly.

Sandra Bullock’s acting was superb and one of my favorite characters was S.J., the younger brother played by Jae Head.  The Blind Side is a must see and I will actually go see it again!

The Lesson: A left tackles responsibility is to protect the quarterbacks Blind Side.  Michael learned to not only protect the quarterbacks Blind side, but he showed that if you care about people you will be willing to protect their Blind Side.  In my opinion a good leader will develop a group of leaders that will not only point out his or her Blind Sides, but they will protect them from Blind Side hits.

Life is about exposing, realizing and protecting Blind Sides.

Share your thoughts on the movie “The Blind Side” and the Blind Sides of Life.

  • I saw it last night. Couldn’t agree more: it is a MUST SEE!

  • When it was over, while we waited for the sold-out theater to empty, my husband and I agreed, this is one we will buy the DVD of. It’s that good.

    I love the essay Michael wrote for his English class about honor and courage was amazing. Would that we could all grasp that!

    Hmm, it’s Friday night, maybe we need to go out again. My choice for a movie? Yep. The Blind Side.

  • Justin Beaver

    Loved the Blind Side. I have already seen it twice. I agree with you and has lots of humor throughout it. It makes you feel good and leaves you wondering, who is someone you could be helping. Grab the family and go see.

  • There are many reasons I cannot bring myself to watching this movie and it starts with the fact that YET AGAIN we have a poor, uneducated, throwaway African American who is saved by a white family. That’s an old story by now and I just am so tired of it, you know? People get saved every day by others – this story is overdone. It’s insidious racism and I just can’t get past that to get to the “feed good” part of this movie and the precocious child actor and the special nuances brought on by Bullock’s thick accent.

    Sorry to be the downer here. But I’m sure I’m not the only one with these thoughts about that movie.

  • gsong

    Mocha – You’re not alone. I can’t bring myself to go see it (nor could I go see Freedom Writer) for this very reason.

  • Mocha, Seriously? Did you watch the same movie I saw? First of all, this movie was about a young man who didn’t submit to a culture of violence and crime and succeeded on his own merit and hard work. If you listened to the story, it was apparent that Michael Oher saved the Touhy family as much as they saved him. It is out of the control of each individual as to where and to whom they are born. The Tuohy family showed the love Christ commands us to display; love your neighbor as yourself as Christ loved the church. And Michael Oher reciprocated.

    About racism. Racism: 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. To characterize this movie as being insidiously racist is irresponsible. And for the reason you gave is racist in itself–citing the fact that it was a white family that saved a black man. Facts are facts, those were the circumstances. The movie would have been just as compelling if a black family saved a white man. But that’s not what happened.

    This movie is a celebration of the successes of Michael Oher and you can’t tell the story without telling the whole story. And as far as this story being old, it’s never old to me. White, black, asian, Native American, European, whatever. People loving people is why we’re on this planet. I’m sorry you missed it, but it’s not too late.

  • Jason, I’m highly offended that you suggest I gave a racist reason for not wanting to see this movie. In fact, I’m wondering if you had listened to what I said AT ALL because I clearly did NOT watch it. I’m choosing NOT to watch it. And did you really just give me a dictionary definition of the word racism? Don’t insult my intelligence, please.

    We are so spoiled as a society to give in to this and the reason I can’t stand it is the “feel good” Hollywood movie genre is played out. As soon as a movie is made from the perspective of anyone “saving” the white character then I think I, and many other people, will see some sort of equity in the portrayal of black characters. Did he really have to big this big, dumb lug of a character? Slow-speaking, uneducated blacks in movies are the things that are overplayed.

    I’ll tell you what’s “irresponsible”, Jason. To give an opinion about a movie (A MOVIE! IT’S JUST A MOVIE!), recognize the insidious racism contained within, and then have to explain to you what’s racist about it. That’s irresponsible and lazy on your part not to try to see where I’m coming from regarding this tired, repetitive theme.

    In all, I’m sorry you missed what I was saying. But if you re-read it again maybe it’s not too late for you either.

  • Marc and I rarely get to go to the movies. I’m going to try really hard to get him to slow down long enough to see this on one of our date nights.

  • Mocha,
    Have you looked at Michael Oher and read HIS writings? HIS interviews? The things HE has to say about it? I should think if the man who lived it — 6’9″ 360 lbs, by the way — has no problem with it, the rest of it should see things the way he does.
    Then again, opinions are like noses — most of us have ’em.

  • Key

    Just read this….. I am thankful for this movie…. It had showed me that im not the only one that had to go through this………

    Um sorry mocha… I think the only reason why jason had said what he said…. is because the way u worded ur comment….. the first time… and i think that u should really look and read it yourself….. u said what jason said offended u… but ur first comment offended me… 🙁

    Jason… im sorry too say this.. but sometimes u have to let people say what they feel… but the Bible talked about we shouldnt judge other for we will be judge….. im not saying that u are…..

    But we have to remember that everyone has a on opion…. wrong or right……. 🙁

  • Joyce

    Mocha do you not understand this is the retelling of a real life story?

    What should challenge us all is to move beyond simply being “touched but not transformed” by what we see and hear. It’s easy to watch a feel good movie, then go back to our comfort zones and do nothing to challenge the injustices that are right in front of us.

    Perhaps the first change is to stop being hostile and judgmental and look for the good in every situation. It’s there.

  • annabelle

    Mocha, i would recommend that you see the movie. Its easier to make statements based on assumptions. I found the movie inspiring. I wasn’t exactly excited to see it. I went along with friends, and I cried through the whole thing. I think it paints a pretty realistic picture of a boy that was raising himself. He didn’t have anyone on his side, no one to fight for him or care for him. I think that your point would be better made if it wasn’t a true story. This wasn’t a formulated story to stir emotion. Its true! It really happened! I really think you would feel differently if you saw it. It doesn’t make Michael out to be a big lug. To me, it showed that he was resilient despite overwhelming opposition. Who cares that a white family gave him a lift? It is a story that transcends race. It made me so thankful for my family and my life. It pointed out things I take for granted, like a place to sleep and a good meal.

    Anyway, Id recommend that you see it.

  • Mocha, I apologize for citing a dictionary definition of racism. That was incensitive.

    Your perception that Michael Oher was portrayed as a big slow speaking lug is inaccurate. He is actually portrayed as a quiet, highly intelligent and reflective young man who chooses his words carefully. His writing is very thoughtful. As an educator, you would appreciate his ideas.

    And you don’t need to explain the insidious nature of the racism you feel is laced in this movie. And, yes, it is a movie. But it is accurately based on real life events. It’s a message of hope that young men in tough circumstances can succeed with hard work and on their own merit.

  • Scott Williams

    I thought the movie was excellent A++ and my 6yo son and 10yo loved… IMHO The fact that it was based on a true story and Michael was just drafted last year makes it that much more real and relevant.

    I’m a cup half/full kinda guy!

    As far as Bullock’s thick accent… I digg it and she got down in this movie. I can’t even hate, it was great!

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