Summer Movie Challenge - The Blind Side


theblindside2As I shared last week, I’ve decided to enjoy some good films this summer by working my way through the USCCB’s top ten film recommendations for 2009. I am going through the list from top to bottom, which made last week’s pick The Blind Side starring Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock.  I am pretty sure I’m the last person in the country to watch this film, which was one of the big hits of 2009.  You can view the USCCB’s complete review of the film here.

Let me preface my remarks by saying that I sort of consider myself a “football mom”.  Although Eric now plays musical instruments instead of lineman, I spent way too many hours standing next to fields watching my son get hit.  Nothing can put fear into a mom’s heart like watching her kid get pulverized by a bigger, stronger player.  I’m also a big college football fan, and could definitely be called a “booster” of my alma mater.

I watched the film last weekend, surrounded by my family on a road trip.  They began to laugh at me within minutes of starting the film, as I was alternating between hearty laughs and sniffling sobs.  Some of our readers’ comments about the film had piqued my interest and made me ask myself, “How would I respond if a ‘Big Mike'” came into my life?”

The truth is, I don’t think I could have had Leigh Anne Tuohy’s openness of heart.  I might have had the best of intentions.  I likely could have written checks to help with tuition, bought clothes, and fed a child like Michael.  But would I really be Christian enough to open my home to a troubled teen so greatly in need?  Perhaps that would put me in the class of Leigh Anne’s obnoxious friends, who made light of her willingness to take in one so different from themselves.  In truth, it’s likely that my protectiveness of my own teens might keep me from taking a risk — and in turn would likely keep me from teaching them the important lessons that Sean and Leigh Anne modeled for their children.  You really can’t watch this film without asking yourself, “What would I have done?”  I’m sad to say I would have failed the test…

This film is one I’ll definitely watch again, probably multiple times.  The characters are lovable and the storyline plays out in gripping fashion.  Bullock’s Leigh Anne can be spicy at times, so I do feel that the Bishop’s AIII rating (for adults) is merited.

Next up on my list:  The Class.  Here’s the trailer:


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Lisa,

    Sean and Leigh Anne’s charity is EXTRAORDINARY which is one of the variables to the commercial success of the movie but, more importantly, one of the things that make this inspiring story such a powerful testimony of mercy and love that we should all strive to exemplify. Measuring ourselves against this yardstick is almost like measuring our ability to love and serve and sacrifice against the Cross. You know so well that it’s not a matter of pass or fail, but beginning with the conviction that we can do better – and doing it! Onward Christian soldier! Have a blessed ( and cool) Sunday!

    In God’s Love,


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