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Inspirational 2009 film adaptation (and 2006 book) of American football player [[BasedOnATrueStory Michael Oher's life]].

Michael Oher was born in the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks housing projects of Hurt Village]] to a [[AbusiveParents crack mom]] and [[ParentalAbandonment a father who left a week after he was born]]. By the time he's of high school age, he's homeless. He is on the verge of failing out of high school, and dismissed by teachers and shunned by other students as a BigScaryBlackMan, despite actually being a GentleGiant.

Fortunately, the [[SaintlyChurch religious]], wealthy Tuohys, consisting of mother [[MamaBear Leigh Anne]], father [[PitbullDatesPuppy Sean]], teenage girl [[SpoiledSweet Collins]], and little boy [[MoralityPet SJ]], recognize Michael's plight and [[RagsToRiches open their home to him]], eventually adopting him.

With the help of the Tuohys, Michael becomes a star football player, leading the MiracleRally against the [[CheatersNeverProsper cheating]] and [[UnnecessaryRoughness unnecessarily rough]] OpposingSportsTeam. Colleges come knocking on the door with athletic scholarship offers.

However, an NCAA investigation raises doubts in Michael that the Tuohys have his best interest at heart. Only after Michael confronts his DarkAndTroubledPast can he finally learn to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming truly trust his new family]]. The film ends with footage of the real Michael being drafted into the NFL.

Notable for netting SandraBullock her first AcademyAward for Best Actress, in the very same year that she won a Worst Actress {{Golden Raspberry|Award}} for ''All About Steve''.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AcademyAward: Sandra Bullock is now an Oscar winner thanks to this.
* AccidentalAthlete: Michael excels as a linesman only when he learns to tap his "protective instinct." After Leigh Anne Tuohy discovers his 98th percentile score on the 'protective instincts' category of an aptitude test, she helps him exploit his custodial nature on the gridiron. He imagines his team as his family.
* AbusiveParents: Michael's biological mother Denise neglected him because of her cocaine addiction.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Averted, it is a point of comparison since the film ends with still images of the real people who the story is based on. Each actor has a reasonable resemblance to the person they portray. Though Tim [=McGraw=] is probably better looking than Sean Tuohy. Tuohy himself admitted that [=McGraw=] was better looking than him.
* AsHimself:
** NCAA Division I college football coaches Philip Fulmer, Lou Holtz, Tom Lemming, Houston Nutt, Ed Orgeron, Pepper Rodgers, Nick Saban, and Tommy Tuberville.
** Melody Weintraub played the history teacher that taught Michael. Thing is, Melody Weintraub was an actual teacher at Briarcrest Christian High School, the school where the events took place.
* BasedOnATrueStory
* BerserkButton: Usually, Michael is the GentleGiant. But when [[spoiler: an armed drug dealer [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt makes sexual comments]] about Leigh Anne and Collins, an unarmed Michael [[UnstoppableRage hulks out]] and lays out the smackdown]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The coach has to find some way to make Michael aggressive enough to perform his position as left tackle. Even once he manages to become a brick wall, he still tries to inflict as little pain on the field as he can. Let's just say it is not a pretty sight to see Michael actually get angry.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: With only a split second to act, Michael instinctively saved SJ from being seriously injured or killed during their car accident.]]
* BigFancyHouse: The Tuohys'.
* BigGuyLittleGuy / FatAndSkinny: Michael and SJ, respectively.
* BlackBestFriend: Michael, for SJ.
* BookDumb: Michael is portrayed at failing in school not because he is stupid but rather because of the testing methodology. He is actually highly competent and intelligent, but struggles with written tests and the traditional teaching format.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in Atlanta.
* TheCameo: Several SEC coaches played themselves in various, mostly minor parts of the film. Tommy Tuberville at Auburn, Nick Saban at LSU, Lou Holtz at South Carolina, Houston Nutt at Arkansas, Phil Fulmer at Tennessee, and Ed Orgeron at Ole Miss. [[CaptainObvious Of course, the Ole Miss coach does have a slightly larger role than the others]]. And everyone in the list has moved on to another job at this point.
* CharacterExaggeration: Apparently the actual problems Michael Oher was helped through simply weren't enough for Hollywood. The movies portrayal of Michael needing to learn American Football was pretty much BlatantLies. Oher himself was notably upset over this particular piece of "artistic license". As for needing to toughen up, ''[[SarcasmMode shockingly]]'' that was also untrue. In fact the very notion of putting aggression into someone is dismissed by Oher.
--> '''Michael Oher''': "Iíve always had that fire and passion in me on the field. You canít put aggression into a person. Itís impossible. Either you have that toughness and aggression or you donít."
** Michael's size was exaggerated as well, the actor is actually four inches ''taller'' than the real Michael.
* CheatersNeverProsper: A defensive lineman on the OpposingSportsTeam [[UnnecessaryRoughness deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended]], and the [[DeepSouth racist referee]] not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders when Coach Cotton complains. This triggers Coach Cotton's PapaWolf moment, which motivates Michael to lead the MiracleRally.
* [[{{Kuudere}} Cold Yet Warm]][=/=][[{{Tsundere}} Hot And Cold]]: Leigh Anne. When Michael goes to Ole Miss she warns him that "if he gets a girl pregnant [she'll] hunt him down and [[GroinAttack cut off his penis]]", then hides in the car so no one will see her crying.
* [[CreditsMontage Credits]] PhotoMontage [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue Epilogue]]: Of the real-life Tuohys and Michael. [[spoiler: Collins joins Michael at Ole Miss and becomes a cheerleader like her mom; Michael is the first-round NFL draft pick. Other photos show Michael playing basketball and the only known photo of him as a child.]]
* DawsonCasting: Quinton Aaron is two years older than the real Michael, despite playing the teen version of him.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Michael.
* DeepSouth: There are several racist rednecks in the film. On the other hand, the Tuohys are representative of SweetHomeAlabama.
* DisappearedDad: Michael.
* EatingLunchAlone: Except it's not lunch, but study hall: Michael always sits alone, until Collins leaves her study table to sit with him instead.
* FishOutOfWater: Michael, when he first arrives at his new private religious school, and when the Tuohys first invite him into their home.
* FlashbackNightmare: Michael occasionally has the awake version of these, when thinking about his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* {{Foil}}: Big, shy Michael and tiny attention magnate SJ; aggressive Leigh Anne and laid-back Sean; the fortunate Michael and way too many doomed inner-city kids.
* FreudianThreat: '''Leigh Anne''': "If you impregnate a girl out of wedlock I will personally crawl into my car, come up here, and cut off your penis."
* GentleGiant: Michael.
* GirlsWithGuns: Leigh Anne is a member of the NRA and claims to be always packing
* GISSyndrome: Leigh Anne uses Google to find a picture of a young boy that looks enough like Michael.
* HappilyMarried: Leigh Anne and Sean
* HardWorkMontage: Miss Sue tutoring Michael in academics. (This film also has a TrainingMontage, as described above.)
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Michael, Michael, ''Michael''. A very...humongous example and a bit older than others, but capable of making the hardest heart to melt with his [[GentleGiant attitude]]...
* HoldingHands: The Tuohy children [[HoldingHands offer their hands]] to Michael when saying Grace at Thanksgiving dinner.
* HuddleShot: Right before Michael begins leading the Wingate Crusaders' MiracleRally against the [[OpposingSportsTeam Lions]].
* InSeriesNickname: "Big Mike".
* InstantExpert: Mike hadn't played league football before that season. He falls under the natural athlete category.
** Mike also took part in a few other sports during school, but couldn't make it to practices because of the time he spent either practicing football or studying. Didn't stop him from excelling at most of these sports, either.
* ItsAllMyFault: Michael feels this way after [[spoiler: he is involved in a car accident which injures SJ. It was partially his fault for not paying enough attention while driving and letting SJ ride in the front seat, but on the other hand, Michael also saves SJ from suffering more serious injuries or being killed during the accident]].
* JerkAss: The guy in the first game, who keeps taunting him. Guess what happens to him...
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Michael is usually a GentleGiant, but [[spoiler: a drug dealer hits Michael's BerserkButton by [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt making sexual comments]] about Collins, and Michael flies into an UnstoppableRage.]]
* LighterAndFluffier: The actor who plays Michael has a considerably gentler face then the real-life Michael.
* MagicalNegro: "Honey, you're changing that boy's life!" Leigh Anne's friend tells her about Michael. Leigh Anne's response: "No. He's changing mine."
** Your mileage may vary with this one. It's the poverty that Michael was born into that shocks Leigh Anne and makes her re-evaluate parts of her life. Though, Michael's race is a contributing factor to his impoverished background, so this could sort of fit. Though, of course, any race can be poor, so, yeah, your mileage may vary.
* MamaBear: "You threaten my son, you threaten me. 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'."
** GeniusBonus when the thug says "what is it, a Saturday night special" and Leigh Ann replays "and it works just fine every other day of the week" she means she packs a .44 Special...which is about double the power of the usual .38 saturday night special.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Michael has at least a dozen biological siblings. The case worker notes that his mother probably doesn't even know how many she really has due to drug addiction.
* MightyWhitey: Thank goodness there was a rich, righteous white lady around to teach the ignorant black man how to play football. Unlike many films, though, this is called out in-universe and makes the Tuohys the object of suspicion.
* MiracleRally: Michael leads one in the Crusaders-Lions game.
* MoralityPet: SJ for Michael.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The opening interview is revisited again near the end of the film.
* OneHeadTaller: Oh, guess.
** Actually an ExaggeratedTrope, Michael is actually closer to a full head ''and shoulders'' taller than everyone else.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Michael, at first anyway. After he reveals to Leigh Anne that he doesn't like to be called "Big Mike", she thereafter always calls him "Michael" instead.
** Sean Jr. is usually called SJ. The coach from the Touhy's hated Tennessee makes a good pitch until he calls him ''CJ''.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The visiting Lions; their defensive lineman [[UnnecessaryRoughness deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended]].
* OscarBait: Became this, though the film's producers hadn't dared initially to think that high. Indeed, it was quite a surprise that the film became the hit it became.
* PapaWolf: Coach Cotton has such a moment after the OpposingSportsTeam deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended, and the [[DeepSouth racist referee]] not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders.
* ParentalAbandonment: Michael's biological father.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: Leigh Anne and Sean's relationship, a pretty healthy example of this, actually.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Michael's encounter with a drug dealer at a party in his old neighborhood is an approximation of an actual incident Michael had when at college where a black classmate harrassed him for "selling out" to a white family and made sexual remarks regarding Collins, and Michael went berserk. The fictionalized story ends as Michael goes to college, so the event was transcribed to a time before graduating from high school.
** The book the movie is adapted from is part Michael Oher biography and part grand study of the evolution of football, especially the left tackle position. (The full title of the book is ''The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game''.) No one much thinks of the latter when thinking of the book, and Oher's story is certainly substantially more interesting and filmable than a history lesson on offensive linemen.
* RagsToRiches: Michael: from the projects to the wealthy household of the Tuohys to a multi-million-dollar NFL contract.
* RichBitch: Leigh Anne's snobbish salad luncheon friends.
* SaintlyChurch: Christian charity is part of what motivates the Tuohys to help Michael.
* ScaryBlackMan: But despite his intimidating size, Michael is actually a GentleGiant.
* ShoutOut: ''The Blind Side'' was released in theaters on the same week as ''New Moon'', the sequel to ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Collins is watching ''Twilight'' on television when Leigh Anne brings Michael to the Tuohy's home for the first time. (Which is actually an anachronism, because most of the key events of the original book take place between 2003 and 2005, considerably before ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' became a phenomenon.)
** The very beginning of the movie starts with video of a 1985 MondayNightFootball game which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ1iVRRu6w0 Lawrence Taylor breaks Joe Theismann's leg]] to illustrate the point of the importance of the left tackle in protecting the quarterback's, well...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin blind side]].
* ShownTheirWork: As many Mississippians can tell you, the filmmakers nailed their portrayal of life in the New South. They also nailed private school moms.
* SpoiledSweet: Collins.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Well, it's actually Tennessee, but still. The film also has elements of DeepSouth.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: A gangbanger uses this against Leigh Anne. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome She throws it right back at him.]]
* TitleDrop: Implied a few times, but not expressly said. The title refers to the reduced field of vision over the (right-handed) QB's shoulder as they are preparing to throw, where they put the biggest, strongest and fastest guy they can as left tackle to protect his blind spot.
* TrainingMontage: SJ training Michael for football. (This film also has a HardWorkMontage, as described below.)
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Michael has this; Sean mentions halfway through the movie about how "Michael's gift is his ability to forget" his DarkAndTroubledPast, and near the end, Michael explains how he would "close his eyes" when bad things happened.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: The defensive lineman of the [[OpposingSportsTeam Lions]] deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended, and the [[DeepSouth racist referee]] not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders after [[PapaWolf Coach Cotton complains]].
* UnstoppableRage: Michael hulks out when [[spoiler: a drug dealer [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt makes sexual comments]] about Leigh Anne and Collins]].
* UrbanSegregation: Contrast the wealthy suburban community of the Tuohys and Wingate with the housing projects of Hurt Village.
* VillainyFreeVillain: The NCAA investigator is only doing her job. And for that matter, she's [[BrokenAesop kind of right]] about how the Tuohys manipulate Michael into going to Ole Miss.
** YMMV about how much the Tuohys groom him. While it is clear that the Tuohys would prefer him to go to Ole Miss, and they have some serious alumni spirit, but they do seem to at least acknowledge that Michael may go some where else. The diffinative blow against the main contender of Tennessee is actually struck by Michaels tutor, who scares him with the story of a body farm hidden under the sports field.
* TheVoiceless: Michael, due to his DarkAndTroubledPast, when he first arrives at his new private religious school. He eventually opens up and starts talking after the Tuohys begin helping him.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse : The blue collar mechanic convincing the coach to get Michael into the school, where Michael slept on his couch for a few months, isn't seen after a scene where he had to kick Michael out. This includes the man's son, who was close friends with Michael.
** Actually, the mechanic and his son can be seen sitting directly behind the Tuohy family at Michael's graduation.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: A drug dealer makes sexual comments suggesting he thinks this way about Leigh Anne and Collins, [[spoiler:setting off Michael's BerserkButton]]. Also, Leigh Anne's [[RichBitch snobbish]] salad luncheon friends warn Leigh Anne of this.
* WhiteMansBurden: The Tuohys save Michael from a life of poverty and violence.
** It gets particularly {{Anvilicious}} when Michael joins the Tuohys for dinner for the first time, and gets confused when the family says grace.
** The NCAA inspector accuses the Tuohys and other wealthy alumni of this when she implies they picked him in order to "groom" him into an Ole Miss football player, which greatly disturbs Leigh Anne.
* TheWoobie: Michael InUniverse, so much so that Tuohys take him in.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: The housing projects of Hurt Village, where Michael is from.

!! Tropes found in the book include:
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: In the book the disparaging words against Leigh Anne and Collins (which Michael refuses to ever repeat) were said by an Ole Miss teammate. After finding a shirt he wasn't afraid to get blood on, he chased the guy all over school and finally attacked him in a classroom filled with people -- which unfortunately also contained the coach's three-year-old son (he's wasn't injured too much, but the coach had just lost his other son and was understandably upset. This is "referenced" in the movie where Michael's distracted driving nearly kills SJ and when he knocks over a crib with a baby in it at his mother's place).]]
* TheBigGuy: Michael. Literally '''''everyone''''' who sees him can't help but comment on his size (when he and Sean are at a college football game, Sean notices that the players -- all future NFL stars -- are ''smaller'' then Michael), and then they see how fast he is. When Leigh Anne tries to find new clothes for him, she searches every Big & Tall store within driving distance, including ones in the worst part of Memphis (to Michael's horror). She eventually gave his sizes to an ex-NFL friend hoping he might have some spare clothes that would fit him, and ''he'' can't help either (naturally, he's dumbfounded by Michael's ridiculous measurements).
** Also Michael's friend, a coach nicknamed Big Tony. Michael ''hates'' being called "Big Mike", but when you're ''bigger at age 14 then a full-grown man named Big Tony'' what do you expect?
* BookDumb: Michael, although he has an amazing memory. When he's classified as Learning Disabled it actually helps him get into college.
* BoringButPractical: The Left Tackle position. Left tackles are almost invisible during a football game, but they're so important that they're one of the highest-paid players on the field.
* CoolCar: ''Too'' cool: When Sean shows up at his first football practice, he immediately notices that he's the only one in a BMW ("I need to get a pickup truck").
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Oh boy, Michael. He's so reluctant to reveal ''anything'' about himself and will say whatever it takes to make to conversation go away that Leigh Anne worries he might be ''gay''. Speaking of which...
* DepravedHomosexual: While none actually show up, the story ''does'' mainly take place in a conservative Christian private school in TheDeepSouth (a graduation speech warns against homosexuality). At Ole Miss the football team is freaked out by the sight of "an actual ''tranny!''".
* DissonantSerenity: [[spoiler: Before attacking a classmate for making sexual remarks about his mother and sister, Michael goes to find a shirt he isn't afraid to get blood on.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Big Mike" for Michael - he wanted to be a basketball player, and basketball players aren't supposed to be quite that big.
* EnfanteTerrible: Sean Jr, in a good way: he uses his closeness to Michael to see what he can get from the various college coaches. He later points out that his, Michael, and Collins' futures are basically secure so they wouldn't need their inheritances, planting a seed in Leigh Anne to do more.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The book points out that one of the reasons Michael didn't fall into gang life or be injured in the horrible Hurt Village projects is that the Gangster Disciples that ran it made a point to keep kids out of the game.
* GenkiGirl / {{Tsundere}}: Leigh Anne.
--> '''Sean''': You have to understand, my wife's heart's the size of a ''pea''. If you cross her, she'll stomp on your throat and take you out and she won't feel a ''thing''.
* GentleGiant: The Touhys resented the inference that their daughter was in danger from Michael.
* HandsOffParenting / {{Disappeared Dad}}s / ParentalAbandonment: Michael's mom, who's ''extremely'' neglectful (though not abusive, as far as what's shown of her) to all ''thirteen'' of her children (their dads are not in the picture). As the author put it (and I can't quite remember how), "it's as if she was an experiment to see how absent a parent could be yet still retain the love of her children."
* LightningBruiser: Michael's love of basketball helped him gain amazing speed despite his large size.
* LimitedWardrobe: Michael, at first, with a grand total of one shirt. To Leigh Anne's confusion and annoyance, he's extremely picky about his clothes, especially his shoes, mainly due to the fact he does not want to be seen as TheBigGuy.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Michael's family: thirteen siblings by several different fathers, along with his siblings' kids.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: After Michael attacks his teammate and fears he may have injured his coach's kid, not to mention destroying his football career. It takes Sean and the other coach to coax him out of hiding.]]
* PictureDay: Michael is positively mystified when someone, possibly his bio-mom, finds a photo of him as a child; given Michael's very poor upbringing the fact that it even exists is a miracle.
* TheQuietOne / TheStoic / TheVoiceless: Michael, at first. His past is eventually revealed (to the author: "Are you the guy who keeps calling about me?")
** Presumably, the past couple years were probably excruciating ones for an intensely private person like Michael, but it also led him to write his own book about his experiences; The Tuohys have also written their own book.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney / ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: While under investigation by the NCAA, Sean Touhy points out that Michael ''couldn't'' have been bought by the other colleges because they're ''already'' very wealthy (Sean and Leigh Anne's absolute loyalty to Ole Miss notwithstanding).
** But not that wealthy. Later, when Leigh Anne wants to build a foundation ("I want an actual ''building''!") to help other inner-city kids like Michael, Sean fears that it might put a drain on their finances.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The other half of the book is about the development of Michael Oher's future position.
* TheUnintelligible: The University of Mississippi's Coach O. The only person who can understand him is fellow Louisianan Sean.
** '''Coach O''': ''Dajus da crap dey wrote bout me last sittee days!'' (That's just the crap they wrote about me the last sixty days!) [[spoiler: trying to cheer Michael up after he almost killed his football career by attacking his teammate and was terrified of being expelled]] is one of the more intelligible of his lines.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction: Near the beginning where Michael is walking and quick flashbacks of his family were shown. Then the scene cuts to him in a conference room with an NCAA investigator.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Michael Lewis was initially reluctant to mine his friends' story for a book; he had been close to Sean for many years as a child, though at the time of the book they hadn't seen each other in a quarter-century.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When Leigh Ann notices that Michael only has one set of clothes, her first thought is to take him to ''Brooks Brothers''. After Michael's been officially adopted into the family she starts teaching him to be GenreSavvy about the privileged world he lives in (paraphrased: "I know that knowing the difference between Chanel and Banana Republic seems silly, but it's something you need to know now that you're one of us").
** Sean, sort of: He volunteers to help coach the school's football team, and Leigh Anne is the first to point out that the ex-college basketball star doesn't know a thing about football.
** Michael wants to be a basketball player so badly that he almost completely ruins his opportunity to be a professional football player.
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