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The Blind Side and Precious

Precious  The blind sideThis week I wanted to find a movie that was uplifting and inspiring because with this economy and gas prices on the rise, everyone needs a little pick me up.  I’m reviewing both The Blind Side and Precious because they are movies about inner city teens and the people who try to help them.  It ended up being kind of interesting because The Blind Side was the conservative solution to the problems faced by people in the inner city and Precious was indicative of the liberal solution. Maybe I’m biased but I think the conservative solution worked better.

We’ll start with the liberal movie: Precious is presented as such a victim  the victim hood keeps getting piled on to ridiculous proportions.  Precious is an incredibly obese inner city teen.  She is physically and sexually abused and is pregnant with her second child:  the father, -er…I mean sperm provider, is her mother’s boyfriend.  She lives with her physically abusive mother.   The liberal solution is to put her into the system and let the system help her.  The last scene is an uplifting scene where in Precious is walking away from the welfare office and she is finally self sufficient, which means she is dependent on her own welfare check from us the taxpayers and not her mother’s welfare check from us the taxpayers.

The Blind Side is based on a true story about football player Michael Oher who is homeless because his mother is a drug addict.   The Tuohys, a well to do conservative family, adopt him and teach him about the wonders of an education and a work ethic.  Michael Oher ends up going to college on a football scholarship and eventually playing for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

The filmmakers were going for gritty in Precious, but they ended up with disgusting:   I don’t know who was a bigger victim, Precious or the audience who had to watch such icky things as the graphic depiction of her throwing up stolen fried chicken.  Just a hint:  if you do watch this movie, when she pilfers the chicken, fast forward until she’s in the school again.  It’s a very depressing movie:  Precious gets so beaten up it’s like watching the mainstream media report on Sarah Palin.

The Blind Side has its grit too, but it is uplifting not depressing.   Michael is adopted by a nice family, his grades are bad, they get him a tutor, his grades improve and he learns to play football.

The bad guy in The Blind Side is the NCAA (now I really love this movie.)  They are convinced that the Tuohys are boosters for Ole Miss. The NCAA official says to Michael Oher “We think that the Tuohys must have had some ulterior motives:  you are an incredibly gifted athlete.  They wanted you to go to Ole Miss:  They took guardianship of you to make the football program there stronger.  If we let them get away with this, there will be an influx of rich white couples adopting inner city kids so that they can get college scholarships.”  SAY IT AIN’T SO! How awful would that be?    Inner city kids ripped from the teat of the nanny state and forced to get their college educations while raised by white people who give them clean stylish clothes, enough food to eat, habitable shelter and ingrain in these ex street urchins strong family values and self esteem?  Oh, the humanity! Thank God the NCAA is there to put a stop to this! My God, they might even stop voting democrat. I know a lot of people might call me racist because I think that being a professional football player is better than being on welfare, but maybe that is my blind side.

 

Bottom line:  I loved The Blind Side, Precious?  Puke!

 

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writers: John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)

Staring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw

 

 

 

 

 

PreciousIn Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Director: Lee Daniels

Writers: Geoffrey Fletcher (screenplay), Sapphire (novel)

Staring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton

 

 

 

 

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