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 is admitted, in spite of his poor academic record and inability to pay tuition. He is admitted because he's big, fast, and looks intimidating on the football field.

On one hand, the movie struck me as racist and anti-Christian, reinforcing stereotypes about African Americans being mostly incapable of making good choices, and doomed to their bad ones unless a white person comes along to save them. It also reinforces stereotypes of wealthy Southern Christians as being mostly white Republican snobs. But in both cases, I found that the movie went beyond such stereotypes to show what's possible when one responds to the nudging of God.

The Tuohy family welcomes Michael, a homeless boy with a traumatic past, into their home and hearts. He becomes son ...

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