If you haven't seen this movie yet, stop reading immediately and get to your local theater! If you have, then you know what an incredibly moving and funny film it was. If you don't know the back story, let me catch you up. This movie is based on the true story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family, who took him in and helped him to be successful in football and in school. That's right up this teacher's alley! I went with my mom and sister last Saturday. A big bucket of popcorn, a Sprite, great company and one incredible movie=all smiles!
Sandra Bullock gave what I believe to be the best performance of her career. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if she was nominated for an Oscar for the role of Leigh Ann. Quintin Aaron was a true find as Oher, playing the role with a true vulnerability and charm. The true scene stealer was the boy who played S.J., Jae Head. What a cutie!
It doesn't jam its message down your throat and it doesn't pretend that because one kid got what he needed and made it out, doesn't mean that every kid does. In fact, it reminds us that too many don't for a multitude of reasons. But it was agreed upon in our car on the ride home at least, that this story makes you want to do something nice for someone else. In a time where too many movie are filled with gore or negative messages, this was a truly feel-good film. And sometimes, that's just what you need!