The Blind Side

2009 PG-13 PT2H6M Blu-ray / DVD

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The Blind Side

2009 PG-13 PT2H6M Blu-ray / DVD
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In this sports drama based on a true story, affluent couple Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in Michael, a homeless teenager. Leigh Anne helps him catch up academically and nurtures his growth into a football powerhouse.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this formulaic but uplifting family sports drama -- which is based on the true story of football player Michael Oher -- centers on messages about inclusion, the benefits of hard work, and the importance of family. That said, it sometimes feels as if it glosses over many of the challenges that Oher and his "rescuer" (socialite Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock) must have faced. And while it alludes to the prejudice that exists in certain situations, aside from a scene or two, it skirts the topic instead of truly tackling it, and some scenes depict characters who are blatantly racist. Still, Oher's life story in inarguably encouraging. While language and sexual content are quite mild, you can expect a couple of brief violent scenes, references to drug use, and social drinking.

Sexual Content

A husband and wife lovingly kiss and make out; references to "tapping that." Some ogling.

Violence

A fight in a drug den nearly leads to gunfire. A gun is brandished, and another character alludes to "packing" a weapon. Some jaw-breaking action on the football field. Flashback scenes show children being wrested from their mother without her consent, which is mildly traumatic to watch.

Language

Relatively few uses of words like "ass" (which a woman points out as being inappropriate), "hell," "damn," "tits," and "oh my God."

Social Behavior

The movie's message is one of inclusion -- that no barrier, including race or income, should get in the way of doing right by others. But there's a hint of condescension in its approach to the topic. Another lesson: Hard work does pay off.

Consumerism

BMW logo is visible; one character owns a number of Taco Bell franchises, and that company and other fast-food restaurants are mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some beer drinking in a social context. One scene has an adult offering a teenager beer; he takes one sip. Drug paraphernalia is clearly visible, and a woman's drug habit is discussed.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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