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Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
My big fat black pet.
So sentimental and manipulative that it hurts.
At least it had some nice cinematography.
Review In A Nutshell:
I am actually going to keep this review in a size of a nutshell since it is already around 8:30 pm, and to review at this time usually leads me to a series of yawns that further extends the writing process. John Lee Hancock, the film’s director, has taken an inspiring subject, a boy, Michael Oher, who has escaped the tragedies of his past and culture, finding solace under the roof and care of a sympathetic middle class Caucasian woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy, and her family. Michael’s journey is familiar, but contains the potential to raise strong points of social class and blind, thoughtful charity. Leigh was a woman who has finally seen the struggling conditions…
A stirring drama that explores the dangers of affirmative action, Christian values, obesity and being sassy
It's attempts at emotional manipulation are bordering on vulgar. True story? Sure, stereotypes are based on truth as well, but they're always shallow representations of reality. This film is nothing more than that, something even Bullock's slightly less mediocre performance than normal can save.
I should've just watched the Lily Collins clips on Youtube
"The Blind Side" is a straightforward film about family and football with its focus more heavily placed on the former. Moving without being maudlin, the film has tons of warmth and heart; it's very much worth seeing.
I know the term is overused and often lazily applied, but this is a Lifetime movie, cartoonish in the way it presents Oher's success on the field and troubles at home (for a brief moment near the end, guns start going off and Oher starts whipping people around like it's an action movie). Sandra Bullock is just okay. There's nothing about her performance that says Oscar to me.
A thoroughly middlebrow helping of 'aw gee rich white people ain't all bad' which would border on offensive if it a) wasn't true; b) didn't at least occasionally slightly warm my jaded heart and c) didn't overcome my usual reflex to avoid anything with Sandra Bullock in it.
Absolutely one of my favorites of all time. Super inspirational and proves even in an awful sittuations, miracles can happen. And Sandra Bullock reminds me of my aunt bc she also lives and Memphis and drives a BMW 😂
It sux because my career development teacher skipped all of the parts that make this movie good and show how bad his situation actually was ie the bad part of Memphis, his mother not remembering Michaels father.
This is such a tacky movie. Sandra bullock makes this film somewhat watchable. That is all.
Lovely, kind-hearted movie with great technique from both the cast and the crew. I enjoyed how they didn't go for the obvious "obnoxiously racist white family who learn about their privilege" route (although there were a couple of subtle moments like that which played out well) but instead went with genuinely good spirited people like the ones I met when I studied in the US. When was the last time you saw decent republicans in a movie?
The problem though, and where it does get into the "white savior" thing, is through the secondary characters who are, on the contrary, often portrayed as prejudiced and annoyingly privileged to accentuate how nice the main characters are in comparison.
I also would have enjoyed a parallel story of the other quiet young man from the projects whom we learn about at the end. It could have given another, less "rainbows and smiles" dimension to the story.
I still cry every time I watch this. It still inspires me to be a better, stronger person. It still reminds me not to take things for granted.
It's an amazing and inspiring story, but not that amazing of a movie.
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