Social-Psychological Analysis of the Blind Side

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Film Analysis
Psychology 280

Social-Psychological Analysis of the Blind Side
The Blind Side depicts the story of Michael Oher, a seventeen year old African American homeless boy from a broken home, taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wife and mom of two living in a well to-do neighborhood. Repeatedly running away from the group home after group home, he was placed in after he was taken from him drug addicted mother, he happens to run into the exceedingly accepting family. Only after the catholic high school football coach sees his size and agility he is accepted to the privet school, despite a 0.7 GPA and lack of a place to sleep Leigh Anne Touhy, along with only one of his teachers, take a special interest in him. The families give him his first real experience with unconditional love, helping him grow to him full potential not only emotionally but academically too. Michael Oher intimately makes grades and is given a scholarship Ole Miss, the Tuohy’s Alma mater.

In one scene Leigh Anne Toughy is out to lunch with her normal group of friends, they are all having a great time and talking about what’s going on with all of their life’s and families when one of her friends make a extremely snide comment. Elaine says “And that's great for you. But, seriously, Leigh Ann, aren't you worried for Collins? I mean, she's a beautiful white girl, and he's a big, black boy." to the shock of Leigh Anne. Elaine is thinking that it is obvious that every black boy from the projects is a rapist, theft, or murder; this opinion is shared among all the other ladies at the table too. Leigh Anne Tough knows better and sees the fault in her friend's view and replies strongly "Shame on you." even though a few scenes earlier when Michael was staying in their house for the first night she asked her husband if she needed to worry about him steeling anything.

This scene is an example the wealthier ladies problem with the Outgroup Homogeneity Effect. The ladies categorize the...
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