Movie Analysis of the Blind Side

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Sophie Davey
Professor Jolley
English 1101
5th April 2015 A Happy Ending
Based on a true story, the 2009 film The Blind side directed by John Lee Hancock tugged at the heartstrings of viewers following the story of the Tuohy Family who take in an African-American homeless teenager Michael Oher. Located in the town of Memphis, Tennessee, Oher was born into a family with a mother who struggled from a drug addiction, a father who was in jail, twelve siblings, no stable living environment and little formal education. In contrast, the Tuohy’s lifestyle was considerably different, owning nearly one-hundred franchises of taco bell, and living on the upscale side of town. The film focuses on the adoption of Michael Oher by the Tuohy family after he was invited to stay the night when they realized he had no other place to go. Ohers' stay extended each day as the family began to treat him as one of their own. Oher expressed an interest in football and his new family pushed hard to help him succeed; they helped him understand different positions in a football team and hired a tutor to improve his grades. The director conveys through the use of plot, flashbacks, characters and emotional appeals to show that it does not matter where a person comes from, as long as they have people willing to set them on the right track, they can succeed.
Michael Oher began in a broken home but went on to achieve big accomplishments such as being a first-round pick in an NFL draft. Hancock uses the plot to follow a teen who has little knowledge of the technical side of sports, and little education, to show that no matter where a person begins, they can achieve great things. The Director uses a Republican Christian family to raise Oher, and shows how they removed their barriers and ignored prejudice around them in order to encourage and support their son through his goals. Hancock…...

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