History YMMV / TheBlindSide

9th Sep '15 7:05:27 AM Lionheart0
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* UnfortunateImplications: Following it's release, ''The Blind Side'' has been [[http://www.dallasobserver.com/film/the-blind-side-what-would-black-people-do-without-nice-white-folks-6420117 criticized for]] the [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] elements in the plot and that Oher was made a supporting character in the story of ''his'' life.
18th Jun '15 7:01:15 AM Market43Fan
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* HypeBacklash: After it won Sandra Bullock an Oscar, audiences started seeing the movie in a bit harsher light, claiming that it won largely because of WhiteGuilt, that the idea of a contemporary WhiteMansBurden film is uncomfortable, and questioning some of the plot points and acting as being narmy.

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* HypeBacklash: After it won Sandra Bullock an Oscar, audiences started seeing the movie in a bit harsher light, claiming that it won largely because of WhiteGuilt, that the idea of a contemporary WhiteMansBurden film is uncomfortable, and questioning some of the plot points and acting as being narmy.narmy.
** Oher himself would claim that the movie led to unrealistic expectations about his abilities; hinting that had it not come out [[http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/michael-oher-says-biopic-the-blind-side-has-hurt-nfl-career/ar-AAbJZzE?ocid=U142DHP he possibly wouldn't have to deal with being considered a bust]] (though the possibility no one would have heard of Oher outside of the movie was not mentioned).
13th Jun '15 6:25:10 PM RBluefish
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* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a WrongSideOfTheTracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.]]

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* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an An unaccompanied white woman walking right into a WrongSideOfTheTracks bad neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.real life.]]
13th May '15 7:35:36 PM RBluefish
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** Sandra Bullock was adopting baby from New Orleans, who turned out to be an African-American boy named Louis, after Louis Armstrong. Made slightly less hilarious since she's divorcing her husband.

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** Sandra Bullock was adopting a baby from New Orleans, who turned out to be an African-American boy named Louis, after Louis Armstrong. Made slightly less hilarious since she's divorcing her husband.
20th Feb '15 12:32:49 PM Larkmarn
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* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a
WrongSideOfTheTracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.]]

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* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a
a WrongSideOfTheTracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.]]
20th Feb '15 12:25:18 PM Larkmarn
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* HypeBacklash: After it won Sandra Bullock an Oscar, audiences started seeing the movie in a bit harsher light, claiming that it won largely because of WhiteGuilt, that the idea of a contemporary WhiteMansBurden film is uncomfortable, and questioning some of the plot points and acting as being narmy.



* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a WrongSideOfTheTracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.]]

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* MarySue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she [[spoiler: faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a a
WrongSideOfTheTracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in RealLife.]]]]
* {{Narm}}: "Michael scored in the 98th percentile in protective instincts." It's supposed to come off as an example of her knowing what's best for Oher and standing up to the coach, but it comes across as awkward and prone to FridgeLogic (what kind of standardized test measures "protective instincts"?!?).



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* TastesLikeDiabetes: Scenes of Oher with the Tuohys lean towards this. Talk of Oher protecting his family especially lean towards this; his protective instincts are treated like ThePowerOfFriendship.
31st Dec '14 12:34:32 PM MagBas
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The NCAA agent is right, and the Tuohys are exploiting Oher in order to make sure he plays for their favorite college football team. The scene where Kathy Bates lies to Oher about bodies being under the field at Neyland Stadium is disturbing on multiple levels, not least for the way it recalls the Stepin Fetchit, minstrel show-era cowardly black servant stereotype. The portrayal of Oher as ignorant and childlike has its own UnfortunateImplications, something the real Oher (who was very much neither attribute) was quick to point out.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The NCAA agent is right, and the Tuohys are exploiting Oher in order to make sure he plays for their favorite college football team. The scene where Kathy Bates lies to Oher about bodies being under the field at Neyland Stadium is disturbing on multiple levels, not least for the way it recalls the Stepin Fetchit, minstrel show-era cowardly black servant stereotype. The portrayal of Oher as ignorant and childlike has its own UnfortunateImplications, something the real Oher (who was very much neither attribute) was quick to point out.
22nd Nov '14 8:23:49 AM Illuminatus
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* ItWasHisSled: Michael succeeds at escaping poverty and reaching the NFL. Being a starter on a Super Bowl champion will pretty much spoil even non-sports fans.
10th Oct '14 12:21:06 PM Eagal
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* UnfortunateImplications: Despite being purportedly a biopic of Oher, the film mostly revolves around Leigh Ann Tuhoy's saintliness for rescuing a black man from the influence of other black people, here mostly portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil. Even her line about "You so much as cross into downtown, you will be sorry. I'm in a prayer group with the D.A., I'm a member of the NRA, and I'm always packin'" basically translates to "You keep your guns and drugs in the poor/black side of town, or I will convict or murder you."
** The need to exaggerate the help Oher required in real life, despite how desperate his situation already was, from the fallacy of needing to learn to be aggressive to the borderline insulting notion he needed to be taught how to play football...''by a child''. This is all purely to make his rescuers look better.
** Black people can escape from poverty, but only by playing sports, and only with the help of white people.
*** One that's repeated in the book. When Leigh Anne starts thinking about expanding their generosity, it starts off because of another gifted athlete who never got the fortune Michael did....and it's clear that the ones she wants to help are all athletes.
** It has also been noted that white people don't fare much better than black people in this film; with the exception of the Tuhoys, virtually every white character in the movie is a racist to some degree.

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* UnfortunateImplications: Despite being purportedly a biopic of Oher, the film mostly revolves around Leigh Ann Tuhoy's saintliness for rescuing a black man from the influence of other black people, here mostly portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil. Even her line about "You so much as cross into downtown, you will be sorry. I'm in a prayer group with the D.A., I'm a member of the NRA, and I'm always packin'" basically translates to "You keep your guns and drugs in the poor/black side of town, or I will convict or murder you."
** The need to exaggerate the help Oher required in real life, despite how desperate his situation already was, from the fallacy of needing to learn to be aggressive to the borderline insulting notion he needed to be taught how to play football...''by a child''. This is all purely to make his rescuers look better.
** Black people can escape from poverty, but only by playing sports, and only with the help of white people.
*** One that's repeated in the book. When Leigh Anne starts thinking about expanding their generosity, it starts off because of another gifted athlete who never got the fortune Michael did....and it's clear that the ones she wants to help are all athletes.
** It has also been noted that white people don't fare much better than black people in this film; with the exception of the Tuhoys, virtually every white character in the movie is a racist to some degree.
9th Oct '14 3:58:33 PM creader
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* TearJerker: The entire beginning montage of Mike adjusting to the new school, being completely out of depth and isolated. You can feel how lonely he is like a physical punch.
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