The White Savior Strikes Again!

By Dustin Rowles | Film | March 6, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Film | March 6, 2010 |

Unfortunately, The Blind Side minimizes Michael Oher's actual struggle, by turning his story into a vehicle for celebrating the great white family who "saved" him. Whatever efforts the Touhys may have contributed to bringing Oher out from his impoverished upbringing are commendable, obviously. But The Blind Side is less a movie about Michael Oher, as it is about Lee Ann Touhy, who is never characterized as anything other than an altruistic lady doing her Christian duty. Everything in The Blind Side is so seamless and upbeat that it seems way too good to be true, which is a shame, since the real story of Michael Oher is even better.

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