The Blind Side
The Blind Side – Movie Review
The Blind Side depicts the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, 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.
The Blind Side is Sandra Bullock playing a saint. Well okay, maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but she plays a real-life person who adopted into her family a young black man. And there are some real problems with this movie, so many stereotypes you just literally get overwhelmed by them. Plus, at one point, the recruiter for Ole Miss says if every booster took a kid into their house and raised them essentially to be a football player for their school what would happen and I’m thinking, well that is probably a lot healthier, at least the kids get an education than the way that kids are recruited now. This is a movie that I think is overly sentimental and simplistic: I know it is based on a real story, but it didn’t get me at all. One star.