Dec 8, 2009

Movie Review: The Blind Side

by Deborah Huff

For a football fan, any movie that starts and ends with a story about God and the legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor is going to be a good movie.  But Blind Side is more than a great football movie. Yes, it is about Michael Oher overcoming a life in the projects to become a number one draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens. But it is also about a family who puts faith into action and about teachers who find ways to awaken the intellect of a young man who had never been encouraged to learn.

Oher, played by Quinton Aaron, is one of 13 children who basically had to raise themselves. An uncle takes an interest in Oher as an athlete and leads him to enroll in a Christian school. Accepted in the predominantly white school because of his athleticism, his biggest challenge is meeting the academic standards.  

Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Ann Touhy, a type A personality who manages a home with two teenage children, and runs a successful decorating business.  This woman of faith is tested when it comes to welcoming a homeless teenage boy into her family. Lines like “I’m in a prayer group with the DA. I’m a member of the NRA, and I’m always packing,” reveal her no-nonsense approach to life.

Tim McGraw plays Sean Touhy who recognizes that it takes a team effort to be successful. This is a lesson he learned as a member of the Ole Miss basketball program and as a successful owner of a string of restaurants throughout Memphis. He supports the role that each member of his team plays whether it is his wife serving (not cooking) Thanksgiving dinner or their young son running Oher’s  personal training.  It is a hoot when the 300-pound Oher lifts the little boy as if he were a weight machine.

If you have not seen it, go. Take a teacher or a mentor with you.  There is something for everyone in this movie.  The story of the Touhy family and Oher is spiritual, heroic and inspirational. At the least, it is a challenge to invest in others, maybe not the way the Touhys did, but the way the Lord leads.  

Contact Deborah Huff at
dwhuff@liberty.edu.


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