|Rated: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references |
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, and Tim McGraw
Released: November 20, 2009 (theaters) / March 23, 2010 (DVD/Blu-Ray)
Though neither "based on a true story" films nor sports flicks are really my thing, I found The Blind Side to be the most engaging movie I've seen in either category in a while. Even an annoying storytelling device--showing the end before the beginning--didn't detract at all from the narrative. The entire film speaks of the gift of having a family, the need for an education, looking out for your fellow man, and, at times, the joy of literacy. What could be better than that?
Production Values: 5/5
The acting, the sets, the sports sequences...what was there not to like? Everything in this was amazingly done. Of course, when a movie is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, you know it's well-made.
- Sex: A husband and wife are seen passionately kissing. Terms--slang and otherwise--for private parts are mentioned. Women are described in unkind terms.
- Nudity: Leigh Anne is almost always seen wearing a low-cut top. Cheerleaders are seen in their typical sleeveless, short-skirted outfits. A minor male character has his coat open every time you see him, and it exposes some of his chest. One bare midriff is seen.
- Violence: Rough-and-tumble football action, along with a fight where gunfire is heard. A car crash ends with two people being bloodied.
- Drugs: Usage of drugs is mentioned. Beer is consumed.
- Language: A-words, b-words, d-words, and h-words appear more frequently than they should. Slang terms for private parts are also used.
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: The fight mentioned above could be freaky to some viewers, and the car crash might be as well.
- Other: A clip from the song "Bust-A-Move" appears; though what you hear in the movie itself is innocent, the entire song is not.