Blinded by the ‘Twilight’

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blindside 2.JPGLeave it to a vampire to drain us of our discretionary income.

Recession? Pish. The Twilight Saga: New Moon powered to a staggering $140.7 million take at the box office this weekend, breaking all sorts of records and proving, yet again, that tween girls really do rule the world.

With all the hubbub surrounding Team Edward and Team Jacob, it’d perhaps be forgivable for some fans to lose sight of what Wingate Christian School’s football team did this weekend.

Wingate is the fictional alma mater of real-life NFL player Michael Oher, central figure in the film The Blind Side. While the film’s gross was dwarfed by New Moon, the flick still took in $10.9 million its very first day (the most ever for a sports drama) and $34.5 million for the weekend (the biggest opening weekend take in star Sandra Bullock’s career).

Not too shabby for a story revolving around a football player and his adoptive evangelical family, eh?

Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, matriarch of a Christian family that really practices what they preach. The film has its share of issues, but I gotta say that I really enjoyed it—even though I watched it from a corner seat in the theater’s front row, which made all the characters look like monstrous aliens with lopsided eyes. It was great to see Christians making a positive difference in someone’s life.

In the Christian publication World magazine, Bullock admits she was leery of playing an evangelical firebrand. She says that she’s had bad experiences with preachy, hypocritical Christians, and she didn’t want to pull out a religious banner and wave it around. But talking with the real Leigh Anne Tuohy changed her attitude. “I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith,” Bullock said. “I finally met people who walk the walk.”

So, with the weekend in the bag, now it’s your turn to talk. Did you gaze at the New Moon? See The Blind Side? Didn’t think either of ’em was worth your cash? Let us know.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Lesb:

My wife and I just left The Blind Side, it having all the 'right stuff' of care and concern for others, in short, of good Christian values.  I admit to a tear or two welling up.  However, it isn't too hard to 'play to a Christian crowd', which they did by letting us know that the main couple were not only Christians but members of the NRA and Republicans no less.

I don't want to detract from the true story and the real people who inspired this flick.  But let us not be lulled into believing that Hollywood is for a moment on 'our side' or God's side. The entrance arch to the Christian school has this quote (or close to this quote) carved in stone, "With men this is possible, With God all things are possible".  As most know this is a grave distortion of Matthew 19:26.  "With men this is impossible, yet with God all is possible."  I do not believe this to be an error. Too much needed changing for someone to carve the mistake out of rock.  This archway quotation is shown twice, yet not to my recollection, ever spoken of in the film.  The twisted verse exalts man rather than the Creator.  I couldn't help thinking it is an intentional slap in God's face and by extension the Christian viewer.  Is it also a signal (to whom?) that the film makers have not 'left the party line" and that they are only too happy to take the money of the faithful while throwing a bone to a heartsick public too ravenous for shreds of purity to notice that the beautiful china cup is laced with poison?

This is a marvelous story of a generous and genuine family and deserves to be told.  We should suck as much goodness and life lesson out of it as we can but not be sucked-in by film makers not as genuine as the people they depict. We should not 'overlook' the degrading of God's name or character as we wouldn't if our own son or daughter was unjustly shamed in an otherwise 'wonderful production'.   Faced with this distortion I am sure the film makers would apologize for the 'error'  - I would have a difficult time buying it.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  MountainMom:

The Blind Side was a fantastic film. I wish it had been PG to draw the family crowd, as it had so many scenarios of youngsters showing integrity and making choices with integrity--as opposed to all our youngsters and their constant focus on appearance, love stories and vampires. The few portions of questionable material were not, in my opinion, enough to give it a PG-13 rating. In fact, I wish more teenagers would be required see these type of realistic expressions of Godly character.

This movie shows what the love of Jesus is all about. It's not about spewing scriptures, waving your Bible, or criticizing others. It's about seeing beyond outward appearances and reaching out to others regardless of their circumstances, and truly making a difference; I like what Leann Touhy said about how she wasn't changing his life, but he was changing hers! Great movie.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  CindyGrace:

I loved this movie.  Maybe I should have thought more before taking the whole family, but it was great.  I covered my eyes and others during the Joe Theisman scene.  My youngest (7 and the only non-adopted child) looked at me at the end of the movie and she was glowing!  Such a look of contentment and happiness because she was so pleased with what happened and so was I!