YMMV: The Blind Side

The Blind Side movie
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: SJ. If the training montage doesn't do it for you, the college auditions sure will.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • Michael Oher himself has been switched to right tackle, likely permanently, so he may never protect the blind side again.
    • The Drug Dealer played by Iron E Singleton better known as T-Dogg from The Walking Dead tell's Mike that "Ain't nobody gonna bite you."
    • All the lines about how the Tuohys didn't want Michael to play for Tennessee become this after he signed with the Tennessee Titans.
  • It Was His Sled: 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.
  • Mary Sue: Leigh Anne can appear like one of these sometimes, especially when she faces down a drug dealer while searching for Michael. I mean, an unaccompanied white woman walking right into a Wrong Side of the Tracks neighborhood, threatening a drug dealer, and then walking right out again? Kind of unlikely in Real Life.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The Gang leader played by Iron E Singleton is best known known as T-Dog from The Walking Dead.

The Blind Side book
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Don't have enough good grades to get into college? Brigham Young University Online can help!