Typical upper middle class (is there still such a thing?) soccer mom meets underpriviledged, homeless youth. Recognizes hidden talent and alternataive learning style. Takes child into home to shock and dismay of friends and relatives. Sound like an overused storyline? Possibly, but The Blind Side is based on actual people and events. The names are not changed, but of course the actors are more “Hollywood” than the real people.
Family and child adopt each other and love brings out the best on both sides. Child garners attention of college football recruiters. “Non-governmental-organization” tries to foil child’s chances at a college scholarship, “in his best interests”. Child defies non-governmental-organization and chooses to go to college he picks, despite the fact that it is the college his “white” family endorses. All ends well.
How often do special interest groups become enforcers “in the best interests” of a child, a monority group, the environment, (add your pet peeve here), while really serving only their own best interests? As Catholic Christians we are called to the Works of Mercy – shelter the homeless, instruct the uninformed, feed, clothe, give drink. We are not necessarily called to form NGO’s with boards of directors and large staffed offices to carry out these duties for us. All of which require money to operate. I liked The Blind Side because it shows people doing what people should. Feeding, clothing, sheltering and educating those less fortunate. Not asking for a grant to do it with. Not sending out fundraising letters or taking up a collection at church. Not calling social services and pushing the job off on someone else. Just seeing a child in need, and quietly doing what needed to be done. Amen.
The Blind Side is availabe in several formats at http://www.theblindsidemovie.com//.
No compensation was received for this review. I borrowed the movie from our church library.