I caught an afternoon screening of this movie today, and it was pretty good. It made me think just how lucky I am to have two loving parents and a roof over my head, stuff I take for granted. The acting was pretty solid, and it was neat to see the college coaches play themselves at former jobs. Like all true stories, it has the Hollywood touches, but I would recommend it. Thoughts?
OT: I'd recommend going to see "The Blind Side"
Totally ruined Garfield for me. I don't want that to happen in this case.
I loved the book, and while 99% of the time the book is better than the movie, I'm really hoping they get into some of the detail the book did wrt *why* Oher was so coveted; i.e., why the LT position is the 2nd highest paid in football next to QB.
The book had chapters about how LT (the real LT, folks, not LaT) wreaked havoc on football and single-handedly changed the game by causing Bill Walsh to invent a little thing called the West Coast Offense.
The book is an absolute must-read for football historians and I hope the movie was more than just the poor-orphan-makes-it-big story.
Lewis really has a gift for blending his expository with a moving story.
I'm not sure how closely it follows the book, but I'm certain Hollywood has made tweaks here and there to suit their agenda. I think you should see it though.
Because everyone should be watchin twilight instead. Right? Am I right?
Seriously, it had the third highest box office holding, ever. I'm suprised the filmmakers could market that, pos, effectively.
...but own it solely for the DVD extra short "The True Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers."
No offense, but I'd really like a movie review from someone who's read the book.
Like I said, it's on the to-do list. People have different tastes, and I'm not usually one for these type of movies, but it was nice.
When I heard Lou Holtz was in it I instantly wanted to see it less than New Moon... ok that's a lie there is no way I'd see that crap.
No joke, all these teens were in line for that movie today and a lot of the earlier screenings had sold out. I don't get it.
"No joke, all these teens were in line for that movie today and a lot of the earlier screenings had sold out. I don't get it."
Dude, the Twilight books/movies are the biggest step forward for female sexual liberation since Sex And The City.
I'm past my teenage years, though, so unfortunately for me it has zero impact on my game.
When it comes to this series - I call them "Twerds"!
I thought the one with Lou Holtz WAS the vampire movie!
The book was better though...
I will see this movie only when Sandra Bullock puts a gun to my head. And even then it would be a hard decision.
So, does the film talk about how these loving adoptive parents were massive Ole Miss donors? About how the NCAA investigated them? About how the coach was immediately hired by the Ole Miss AD after Oher committed?
Or how they helped him bolster his grades by enrolling him in bullshit correspondence courses so that he'd qualify academically to play college football?
There is definitely something a little unconfortable about this rich white family "saving" a poor black kid who just happened to be a superstar athlete, and sheparding him to Ole Miss, when they just happened to be huge boosters of the school.
Take it down a notch guys. Maybe what you are saying is true, maybe it isn't, but either way they pretty much saved this kids life. Maybe they did it with shady motivations, but at least the end result was good. That's how I feel about Extreme Home Makeover (my wife watches it). The show is extremely cheesy and they completely exploit those people's pain for ratings, but at least the end result is these deserving people get a new home. So lets be a little less cynical about a kid who got a fresh chance at life.
The stuff in my previous post was in the book. I don't disagree that the Touhy's (I think that's their name) did Oher a huge favor and did give him a fresh start and for that they deserve appreciation, but it's impossible to separate what they did from WHY they did it. There are plenty of poor minorities shivering in the cold; they happened to take in the superstar athlete and made sure that he was able to play college football.* That's where the cynicism comes in. And if the movie doesn't address that, then I don't think it's really painting a full picture.
*In the interest of full disclosure, this is very similar to the time I adopted Jake Long.
It is touched upon.
is really the juxtaposition of the issues of college football and recruiting rules. On the nefarious hand, yes, the parents were Ole Miss boosters, and Oher was arguably not even close to academically eligible, and his coach did get a gig at Ole Miss as a likely reward for Oher showing up on campus.
BUT.... Oher the person was a really downtrodden case, and I truly believe the family was trying to help him out and Oher did end up becoming a passable student and good citizen-- the latter of which would be questionable if the adoptive parents didn't do what they did. Personally, when a family goes all-in like they did on a kid to help him out even if he is a potential all-star athlete, I don't have a problem with it. Does anyone doubt that if Oher didn't pan out as a college athlete that the family would have given up on him?
It's the cases of cherry picking kids (the "advisor" shows up in the senior season) that happens much more so in the basketabll AAU ranks that I have a problem with. My wife works inner city social work at a public agency, and this happens all the time where kids who are good athletes and living on public assistance suddenly their last year in school show up at the office with new cell phones, diamond jewlery, $100 threads, and when my wife investigates where it came from, she finds a "family friend" who just happens to be a basketball coach for a AAU team (a lot of times out of state). I have heard her describe multiple cases where the kid doesn't qualify for college and ends up back in her office weeks after HS graduation and the kid just starts slamming on the "family friend" when my wife asks why that person isn't providing support anymore. It's a lot more common than I feel comfortable with saying is just a limited instance.
If they did everything BECAUSE Oher was a great LT prospect, I'd be cynical too. But they didn't. They did what they did because there was a kid that needed their help...because the idea of a kid on the streets in the winter without a coat or a place to sleep was unacceptable to them.
How many other kids have they taken in? Oh, none. Nobody who wasn't a surefire LT prospect. Got it.