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'The Blind Side' Reaches Across Class and Race

A movie about a Christian woman's outreach to an African American teenager depicts redemption, but only at the personal level.

I look for redemption in stories, knowing full well that most stories fall short of portraying it perfectly. The Blind Side, a film based on a true story about a wealthy Tennessee couple who takes in a black teen from a broken family, is such a story.

By the way, I don't love football; I don't even like it overly much. But movies about football are another matter. Besides, ever since While You Were Sleeping, I have more often than not enjoyed Sandra Bullock. And if my football-loving husband sits by my side during movies like While You Were Sleeping, I should attend an occasional sports flick with him (though this is not your typical sports flick).

Bullock delivers a strong performance here, playing a wealthy woman with a big heart and a love for football. She listens to the nudging of—well, maybe it's God; no one else successfully nudges Leigh Anne Tuohy. What is clear is that Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy are Christians who support the private Christian high school where Michael Oher ...

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