When I go and see a movie, 20 minutes after walking out of the theater the movie is gone from my mind, filed away with some tears or laughter and forgotten. This did not happen with The Blind Side. The movie still resonates as I recall a particular funny or touching moment. This is not only a feel-good movie, but it is one that makes you want to go out and change the world.
Leigh Anne Tuohy has lived in Memphis all her life. She graduated from Ole Miss and married her husband, Sean, a successful businessman. They have two children who attend a local private school. Leigh Anne is a strong, southern, Republican woman who doesn't take no for an answer. When her youngest child, SJ (Sean Junior), befriends Big Mike—a homeless teen from a side of town Leigh Anne has never seen—she seems to have an idle curiosity.
When she spots Big Mike on the side of the road, she has her husband stop the car. She approaches this young man with little trepidation and asks him if he has any place to go. When he nods, she flat out states, “Don't you lie to me.” He admits he doesn't and without even a backward glance to see if it is okay with Sean, she orders the teen in the car. Later that night, after settling Big Mike on the couch, she has a second thought. It is the only time she second-guesses her decision to open her home and her life to this homeless teen.
As I watched Sandra Bullock portray Leigh Anne Tuohy, I forgot that she was Sandra Bullock, the movie star. She filled the screen with the presence of this unique woman. In today's cynical world, Bullock will probably not get the Oscar nod she so richly deserves and that would be a shame. She shows Leigh Anne's brassy, bold side with gusto and, at the same time, portrays the soft side Leigh Anne hides even from her own family. Tim McGraw portrays Sean Tuohy, Leigh Anne's, bemused and supportive husband. Rounding out the cast is Quinton Aaron (Michael Oher), Lily Collins (Collins Tuohy), Jae Head (S.J. Tuohy), and Kathy Bates as Miss Sue.
If this wasn't a true story, I'm sure there would be much eye-rolling about a movie where a white woman in Memphis takes in a black teenage boy and pushes him to the success he obtains. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much more moving. I read a review where the reviewer stated something to the effect that there was no plot. Well, life doesn't have a plot. Sometimes, we don't need a big dramatic scene for life to carry on.
There is little conflict in this movie and I'm okay with that. This is a little movie that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, and have you counting your blessings long after the last of the credits roll.