Movie audiences are flocking to see The Blind Side, a family film with a godly message of hope and redemption featuring real-life role models.
The movie, starring actor Sandra Bullock and singer Tim McGraw, chronicles the uplifting, real-life rags to riches story of Baltimore Raven offensive lineman Michael Oher.
The movie is an adaptation of Michael Lewis's 2006 bestseller, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The film tells how Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wealthy Christian couple took in Oher when he was a homeless child walking the streets of Memphis wearing only a T-shirt and shorts.
The couple stopped to question the teen and learned he was homeless. They later adopted the boy and introduced him to their beloved sport of football.
"I just felt like I was unstoppable, I felt like no mater what, I was going to win the battle," Oher recalled.
Oher later became a Christian, grew up to be a star football player at the University of Mississippi and went on to play for the NFL.
"I'm just happy to be part of the NFL," Oher said upon being selected as the NFL's first round draft pick.
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McGraw, who plays Sean Tuohy, said if the film hadn't been based on a true story he never would have believed it.
"I think people have those kinds of circumstances all the time and they don't confront them. This one was all about turning the car around and asking questions," McGraw told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Actress Sandra Bullock, who plays the lead role, said she was initially reluctant to work with Leigh Anne since she'd has had less than positive experiences with Christians.
"People use it [Christianity] as a banner, and then they don't do the right thing," she told Straight.com.
However, Bullock later had a change of heart.
"I feel I have finally met someone who practices but doesn't preach," she said. "I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith."
So why did the couple reach out to Oher?
"Because he needed some clothes. That's all it really was. Then he needed a place to sleep. The depths of need never stopped. And she got so far into it, she couldn't get out of it. And she fell in love with him," Sean Tuohy told the Chronicle.
The Blind Side was number one at the box office three weeks after it opened.