I think the best line of the movie is when one of Leigh Anne Tuohy’s friends says to her “You’re changing that boys life” and she replies “No, he’s changing mine”.
Based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who takes in a homeless adolescent African-American, Michael “Big Mike” Oher. Michael has no idea who is father is and his mother is a crack head. Michael has had not much formal education and few skills to help him study. Leigh Anne soon takes control however, as is her nature, seeing to it that the young man has every chance to succeed. When he conveys an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including presenting the coach a couple of ideas on how best to utilize Michael’s skills. They not only supply him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him better his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship.
Michael Oher said after reading an assignment,” Courage is a hard thing to figure. You are able to have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you’re not supposed to doubt adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know better, but maybe they don’t. It all depends upon who you are, where you come from. Didn’t at least one of the 600 guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that’s pretty salty stuff. That’s how come courage it’s tricky. Should you always do what other people tell you to do? Sometimes you may not even know why you’re doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason for you either do something or you don’t. It’s who you are and perhaps who you want to be. If you die trying for something significant, then you have both honor and courage, and that’s pretty good. I think that’s what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too. ”
Michael Oher was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.
Blind Side won’t go down in the annals as the most distinguished sports movie ever made but it does have its moments. It’s a touching depiction of what can result when some, give other people, a fighting chance.
In real life Michael Oher was a part of the Super Bowl XLVII winning Baltimore Ravens. A truly amazing achievement from where he started