YES, the Blindside was a heartfelt, “feel good”, emotional movie. That is the plus side of the movie. I think most people walk away thinking about the other possible Michael Ohers out there-down and out, downtrodden, discouraged and needing help. In an interview with Lilly Folwer, the real life mom, Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock said, “The most impactful message that people could take from the movie is that society had deemed Michael worthless. There were very few people who cared where Michael Oher was any minute of the day. He is now a contributing member of the society. He is intelligent. He made the dean’s list in college. If it can happen to Michael Oher, it could happen to anyone.” Obviously a very positive and needed message.
Unfortunately, there are many problems with this movie from a Christian point of view. (When I mention “Christian”, I mean those of us who take the Bible seriously. NOT your common “we-are-the-world-universal-salvation-type-of-believer” who CLAIMS to be “Christian” and yet believes that there are “many roads which lead to God.” Big difference! And it’s sad that there are so many out there that I have to make this distinction.)
The biggest problem with this movie is its deliberate misquoting of the Bible. Here it is: Why on earth would they misquote such an important verse?! This is supposed to be the Bible verse on the gate of Michael’s school in the film which is shown at least twice during the film. This verse is speaking of how men can be saved (talk about a vital topic to get right!!!) and the director chooses to change what God declares as “IMpossible with man” to “possible”. !!!!!!!!??????? (Read the actual Bible verse here for yourself) The reason this verse is of the utmost importance is that when we realize that we cannot merit our own salvation, it leads us to The Saviour! This is an unacceptable mistake and I can’t understand how the real-life people involved in this story allowed this one to slip by! 2 little letters and their implications are the difference between heaven and hell!
There are other problems with the movie. The director chooses to minimize the family’s faith in the movie. Going to church and reading “Pilgrim’s Progress” were VERY important aspects of Michael Oher’s change that were conveniently left out of this movie in order “to make unbelievers more comfortable”. Rubbish! If a movie is based on a true story, it should be as close to the truth as possible without changing the fundamentals of the story!
Another thing I didn’t appreciate:
ITS FEMINISTIC, ANTI-MALE MESSAGE: Why did the mother have to lead in prayer at the table even though the father was seated at the head of the table? Unfortunately this might be a realistic insight into most Christian homes where the mother takes on the role of “head of the household” contrary to God’s will as revealed in Scripture. The mother makes all important decisions and the father is made to look like a helpless onlooker in his own home. On a similar note, the man has been castrated in many churches across the world with women pastors even! This husband is also put down by the “godly” mother several times. Once, when the visitor to their home asks “Mr. Tuoh sleeps on the coach?”, the mother replies, “Only when he’s bad.” I think a lot of North American women out there truly enjoyed these ”cute little comments which belittled the husband” in wicked delight. Another time, directly in front of her husband, the mother lets her husband know just HOW handsome she finds the coach who enters their house. He sheepishly replies, “Yes, honey I know. I’m right here.” In one of the worst scenes I think, the mother tells Michael that “if he gets a girl pregnant out of wedlock, she will cut off his ____ (foul word for “his manhood”). What a thing for a woman to say to a man! It reminds me of the Bible verse, “ If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. (Deuteronomy 25:11-12) Just to give you an idea of how God views the pride of such women who know no discretion.
Check out (by clicking on) these other reviews of this movie. 1) Christian-movie.com 2) Michael Oher’s Testimony (great video on this one with background to the TRUE story!) 3) Building Up Others 4) NY Times Article 5) Videos of the real Tuohy family interviewed on TV. A must see! :-) Part 1, Part II 6) The Blind Side of Progress 7) The Real Story of Michael Oher (GREAT video on the real Michael Oher!) 8 ) Capturing Authentic Christians on Film 9) Sports Illustrated 10) Blindsided by The Blind Side 11) Zimbio.com 12) Hollywood Jesus 13) Biblical Womanhood 14) Awesome Football Video Interview with Bob Costas
Some lines I did enjoy from the film:
School coach pointing to “Christian” emblem/motto on the school wall: “We either take that seriously or we paint over it.” (On not accepting a student to their school.)
“You ever see so many rednecks?” Answer from kid: “Nascar. Not even close!”
The story of Michael Oher is a FASCINATING story. It’s a shame they didn’t get it right. The focus should have been on the importance of what Christ has done for us and how this leads people to do good works; not as a means of salvation but as a result of it. Instead it comes across as “Just try to do some good out there. It can have good results.” In short, a Christian story becomes secular.