The Blind Side is the true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron in a heart-rending performance). Today, he plays pro-ball for the Baltimore Ravens. But when the movie opens, he's a homeless inner-city teen who ends up enrolled at a Christian school thanks to his athletic potential and the smooth talking of a friend who let Michael crash on his couch. It isn't long, though, before Michael's temporary living arrangement comes to an end and he's out on his own again. That's where the Tuohy family finds him one freezing cold night, walking down the street without a coat, carrying his one extra shirt in a plastic grocery bag.
Watching Michael's story unfold on the screen was an amazing experience. More than once I asked myself, "Could I do that?" Could I invite a stranger into my home and heart? When I see someone in need, am I willing to change my life to help him? I'm afraid I'm not quite there yet.
The Tuohy's are an amazing family. Even more amazing is that they see themselves as just ordinary, boring folk. In an interview on ClashEntertainment.com, Leigh Anne and her husband, Sean, say they're still surprised that anyone is interested in their family. Which makes their story even more extraordinary. These are people who acted out of compassion, simply because it was the right thing to do.
The Blind Side is a well balanced film with equal parts humor and heart. One of the reasons it works so well is because it's not a Christian film... it's a film about people who live their Christianity. In the above mentioned interview, Sean Tuohy (played with quiet dignity in the movie by a nearly unrecognizable Tim McGraw) had this to say:
It (the script) was written by an atheist. Crazy. So it was in someone else's hands. If it was in the "right person's" hands, it would have been so transparent it wouldn't have been believable. The fact that it was in someone else's hands, and that person kept getting tugged back, was crazy. First it was about football, and then it wasn't about football, and kept going back and forth. I think that's the beauty of it that it has so many flaws.There are lots of movie going choices this holiday season, but if you're looking for one that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas, this is the one to see.
If a staunch Christian writer would have had that, it would have been a perfect story and no one would have been interested in it. The fact that people look at us and go "No, I ain't buying it," is good. There are always people who will believe it, but there will always be people who are in between, who will look at us and go, "They're not perfect, so I can be a believer too." I think that was kind of Sandra Bullock's thing. She saw that we have faults all over the place, and that's OK. That's where I think that if this had been written by "the right person," there wouldn't have been any interest.
For some more fun, check out the movie trailer on The Blind Side official website.
Serious question: How far are you willing to go to help "the least of these"?
Fun question: What's your favorite holiday film?