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The Blind Side

Reviewed by Amy Sondova

"...an inspirational movie especially geared towards football fans."

Based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Michael Oher, The Blind Side (2009) is an inspirational movie especially geared towards football fans. This critically-acclaimed film stars Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw as Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy, an affluent white couple that take in an impoverished black teenager known as “Big Mike” (who prefers to be called “Michael”).

Leigh Ann and Sean, along with their children, encourage Michael (Quinton Aaron) to join the Wingate Christian School’s football team. His sheer size and stature make Michael a formidable presence on the playing field, but his gentle nature holds him back…at first. Through coaching, practice, and a pep talk from feisty Leigh Ann, Michael becomes a celebrated left tackle, whose primary job is to protect the quarterback’s “blind side.” All is well until Michael’s past and the NCAA come a’calling.

At just over two hours, this movie is meant for lovers of football, especially those who love collegiate games. I love a good heartwarming flick, but the football jargon and play-by-plays went way over my head. I just held my tissue box thinking, “Is it time to cry yet?” Though my chances were few and far between, I managed to wet a tissue or two.

The pull of award-winning actresses Sandra Bullock and Kathy Bates, who portrays Michael’s tutor, Miss Sue, should lure in female fans. Both ladies are great character actresses who make this movie both touching and humorous. But Tim McGraw should give up his acting career and stick to crooning country music.

While The Blind Side is hailed as a family friendly movie, younger viewers might need to take a time out from this PG-13 film. There are a few unnecessary cuss words and inappropriate conversation here and there. On the whole, the movie is fairly clean… although some men might be mighty tempted by Sandra Bullock’s cleavage revealing, tight-fitting clothes. I was hoping for a tearjerker with some passing football references like Rudy or Remember the Titans. However, this movie tries to appeal to too many genres (sports, family, drama), and manages to lose each group in its plot. Sadly, this also does a great injustice to the acting talents of Bullock, Bates, and Quinton Aaron.

My advice? Rent it; don’t buy it.

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Amy SondovaAmy Sondova is a writer specializing in media writing, including interviews and reviews, as well as blogging. Having interviewed over 30 of the top musicians, writers, and speakers in the Christian media, Amy has also written countless columns, reviews, and articles on various topics including mental illness, self-injury, working with teenagers, and Christianity. As well as holding a B.A. in communications, Amy holds a M.A. in biblical counseling, and has worked as a professional therapist. You can visit Amy’s online playground at BackseatWriter.com which offers a combination interviews, reviews, personal columns, and photography.