I have selected the movie; “The Blind Side”, it is the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager who was able to overcome great obstacles in order to become a first round draft pick in the NFL. Michael Oher had a rough childhood as he didn’t know his father and his mother was addicted to drugs. He was in and out of foster homes and at times living on the street. The football coach at Wingate, a private school, saw football potential in Michael and got him admitted into the prestigious school. However, he had learning disabilities and still did not have a permanent home. Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mother of a Wingate student, and wife of the owner of several Taco Bell restaurants, finds out about Michael’s predicament and invites him to stay the night at their home.
Once Michael is in the Tuohy home, a close relationship develops between him and the Tuohys. The one night stay turns into a permanent living situation for Oher. Leigh Anne makes it her personal mission to make sure Michael has everything he needs emotionally and academically to graduate from high school and to get admitted to Ole Miss. After a successful college football campaign, Oher was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round in 2009, thus fulfilling his dream. This movie has it all. As you watch it, you experience the emotions of both sadness and joy, as you watch this young man go from being homeless to being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.
"The Blind Side" Movie Analysis
"The Blind Side" is a movie about a less privileged African-American teenager (Michael Ohor) who in away is adopted by Tuohy’s family from Memphis. Leigh Ann Tuohy finds Michael in the street and decided to take him home. Other family members do not seem to accommodate him especially that he is not talkative. After Michael is used to the family he is a great asset to the family and everybody liked him.
The most important interpersonal communication principles exemplified in this movie are:
- Intercultural Communication: Michael is from a different race. Therefore his interaction not only with his new family but others in the public or school is not friendly. When he goes to school for the first time other students avoid him.
- Self Concept: Ann Tuohy meets criticism from her friends as to what she is doing with a black boy she actually calls her son. She tells them why Michael needs foster family. Michael on the other hand despite his poverty and not an academic giant is determined for success from any angle of life. His determination in life makes him utilize the opportunity he got and became successful both academically, sports and social life.
- Perceptual Accentuation: Before he was adopted Michael Oher saw the world as a punishment denying him opportunities he dreamt of such as being a footballer. Sean Tuohy never believed the boy will make it through life from how he was in terms of education.
- Listening: The two important teachers of Michael Miss Sue and his history teacher gave a close listening to both Ann Tuohy and Michael. This made Michael’s academic life improve.
- Verbal Communication (feedback): The first time Michael was showed a place to sleep he did not accept, Ann was amazed and showed him a bedroom option. Surprised Ann; she did not expect Michael to complain but he did.
- Non Verbal communication: Michael is not talkative. Before the accident scene he gave Sean Junior an eye and hand gestures to ask her mom allow them go out with the car. More gestures could be used in school and sports scenes.
- Relationship development: This is the winning part in this movie. Michael is adopted and copes well with the white family. Collins Tuohy refers him as his brother in disbelief of her friend. The relationship between Sean Junior and Michael was that of brotherhood. Michael became an asset to the family much of which was unexpected oh him.
Finally the movie carries several genres: drama, comedy, sports, biopic as well as adaptation. Therefore more interpersonal communication principles can be picked by students and movie reviewers because the movie involves characters who have differences in age, race, education and economic backgrounds.