91 - The Blindside
This satisfying family film is based on the true story of Memphis fast-food store owners Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy who take in a massive, homeless teenage African-American, Michael "Big Mike" Oher.
The almost non-speaking Michael has no idea who his father is; his mother is a street junkie. Michael has had little formal education, few learning skills and absolutely no support from anybody – yet gets himself into a private academy where he refuses to give up despite the impossibility of his life.
Leigh Anne spots something in the enormous loner that no one else can see. As is her nature, she doesn’t just give him a home, but ensures that her new son has every opportunity to live up to his incredible, but very hidden potential. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including lecturing the high school coach with her insights on how to best to motivate Michael to greatness … not something every high school athletic director will tolerate.
The Tuohys – including Michael’s delighted new little pre-adolescent brother – not only provide him with a loving family, but the emotional support and personal drive to achieve his dreams and rise to a potential that nobody but he and Leigh Anne can see.
~ Rob Kerby