Lent: Part 13

The Blind Side (2009) – It’s rare that I can say this movie was exactly as bad as I expected. It was a steaming heap of self-satisfied, smarmy shit. Now it is over, and I’ll never have to listen to Academy Award nominee Sandra Bullock chewing on an Academy-Award-nominated Tennessee accent.

6 thoughts on “Lent: Part 13

  1. volus

    My Two Cents, Year 5: Part 13

    I tend to be pretty skeptical when people trot out the racism card…particularly the “white paternalist racism.” In this case, though, the complaints seem perfectly valid. The movie takes a book about two things: the evolution of pro football, and Michael Oher, and turns it into a story all about his adoptive mother. The Michael of this story accomplishes exactly nothing without the direct intervention of his mom…including football, which he sucked at until his mom gave him a pep talk. Even if all of the above is true, it makes for a dissatisfying film.

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    1. yampowered

      Re: and turns it into a story all about his adoptive mother.

      Is that so? Wow, no wonder all the biddies I know can’t shut up about how great it is.

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      1. volus

        Re: and turns it into a story all about his adoptive mother.

        Well, “adoptive.” He didn’t meet her until age 16-17, and she only became his legal guardian, rather than a full adoption. But I stand by the substance of my comment.

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        1. yampowered

          Re: and turns it into a story all about his adoptive mother.

          Not arguing your point, dude. I’m just saying that you’ve explained why every middle-aged+ woman I know LOVED this movie: because it’s actually about them. Or the character they’d identify with, at least. “Oh, she’s so brave! Oh, she’s so inspiring!”, and so on.

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        2. yampowered

          Re: and turns it into a story all about his adoptive mother.

          I was like “it looked like crap to me” and I got a roomful of bunco-players giving me the stinkeye!

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    2. Anonymous

      Re: My Two Cents, Year 5: Part 13

      I think you and I would probably have vastly different opinions of this film. I would probably say that it was like Vertigo and then we’d get in a pissing contest. 😉

      But to your point about white paternalist racism, I have to call some degree of bullshit. Providing that the story accurately portrays how Michael Oher (who, btw, *is* a true beast on the line) became the football player and person he is today because of his adoptive mother – who happens to be white – then it’s not racism. It’s just fucking reality. And that’s no ones fault and anyone who thinks that it’s racism should stfu and be happy that someone intervened in this man’s life.

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