'The Blind Side' is a holiday tearjerker
By Monique Dos Anjos
“The Blind Side,” written and directed by John Lee Hancock, will have you reaching for a box of Kleenex, or a watch.
When Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock) sees Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) walking the cold streets with nothing but the clothes on his back and an extra shirt in a plastic bag, she and her husband Sean Tuohy (played by Tim McGraw) decide to take him in for the night, and eventually, Oher becomes a part of the family.
Michael Oher, who now plays offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, was a ward of the state.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Oher was poor and uneducated. Every school he went to gave him no opportunity to grow and learn until he arrived at Briarcrest Christian School, where he was a classmate with the Tuohy’s children.
After much criticism and doubts from their family and friends, the Tuohy’s became Oher’s legal guardians and pushed him to succeed in his educational endeavors until one day he became a first round draft pick in 2009 NFL draft.
The film is very descriptive about Oher’s history and the turmoil he faced growing up. A majority of my time was spent in laughter, awe’s and quiet sniffles. Although the film is a portrayal of the novel “The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis, the movie could have been better if it was 30 minutes shorter.
Despite the length of the film, it was still extremely accurate in its portrayal of Oher’s teenage life.
“The Blind Side” opened Friday, Nov. 20 and is rated PG-13.