Sunday, January 03, 2010

Hollywood blind-sided by the "Blind Side"

"The Blind Side" is the true story about how a huge, homeless teen Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) was taken off of the mean streets of Memphis and into the home of Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). With the help and encouragement his new family, he works hard to earn an education and eventually becomes an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.

I wonder if Hollywood executives were at all blind-sided when this little movie opened at $34,119,332. Chances are that it wouldn't have been made if it wasn't based on a successful book. It has TV movie written all over it. But it has grossed $209,052,000 to date. I'm sure credit was given to Sandra Bullock who starred in the hit comedy, "The Proposal," earlier this year. Sandra Bullocks ability to open a film aside, I believe there is another reason that this film is such a huge success. Despite our initial cynicism, we are actually inspired by people who unselfishly give of themselves. Theater goers have sent a message to Hollywood with their entertainment dollars. We are hungry for uplifting stories of human kindness. I hope Hollywood listens...

The movie, based on the true story, shows human compassion, strength and the inner beauty with fearlessness that each human has the potential of being. Loved it. -- Jennifer Hillman

"The Blind Side" is a must see movie. Sandra Bullock gives a stellar performance along with a fabulous cast. This film will inspire and encourage you to invest into the lives of those who are less fortunate and who need an opportunity to succeed in life. -- Susanna Velaquez

I went to see this movie by myself over the holidays and I can't stop talking about it. Because of the movie it has inspired me to be "My Brothers Keeper" I gave my son $25.00 to go see the movie last weekend:) I HOPE he did! -- Candy Kennelly

I loved it because it shows no matter what our differences are (racial, gender or economic), we still need love, support and guidance from people who really care. If each one saves one in the world, all of us would be much better off. A family is not only a husband, wife and kids. It is about a group of people caring for one another. This movie was wonderfully uplifting.-- Ralette

Movie blessings!
Jana Segal


Willo said...

Jana, You have done an amazing amount of work here. Great Reviewing!
Blessings, Willo

Reel Inspiration said...

Thanks, Willo!

Reel Inspiration said...

Congratulations to Sandra Bullock for showing us that inspiring films can be Oscar worthy!