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Still shot from the movie: The Blind Side.

The Blind Side

Big Mike (Quinton Aaron) has problems even bigger than his physical size. When the disadvantaged teen comes to the attention of Leigh Ann and Sean Touhy (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw), the affluent couple takes him into their family and tries to help him. Based on a true story, love, tutoring and football play a large role in this inspirational movie. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 129
Theater Release: 20 Nov 2009
Video Release: 23 Mar 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What do you think motivated the Touhy family to bring Michael into their lives? Do you think the risk they took was reasonable? If you were to meet someone like Michael, how would you or your family react? In what other ways could you assist someone?

Kathy Bates plays a tutor in this film, who identifies herself as a Democrat and as a religious person “with doubts.” The Touhy’s later comment that she is the first Democrat they have known. Do you think these statements are examples of religious and political stereotyping? How do you feel about the connections sometimes drawn between religious faith and political leanings?

This movie is based on Michael Lewis’ book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, where he recounts the real life experiences of Michael Oher who became a First Round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, selected by the Baltimore Ravens. Click here to learn more about Michael Oher.

 

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