In the context of this extraordinary real life story a boy, depending on which society you
come from he came from “The other side of the tracks” or “The wrong side of the tracks”. The
story is about a young black kid who is shuffled between the welfare system, Foster homes that
he runs away from and the mother (a drug addict) that has let him down. Big Tony takes him
along I think as leverage to get his own son in to a Catholic school because they can both play
sports. The coach seems more interested in “Big Mike” more because of his size and agility. The
teachers are very concerned about the lack of education he has had, but they pull together to
bring his grades up. The Tuohy family is well off and decides to befriend him and offer him their
home as well as the opportunities they provide for him out of love and all that he has been
through in his life. They protect each other as families do and provide the structure and family
Michael has been longing for in his life. He gets his grades up with a tutor named Miss Sue Ann
who has the confidence in him that she knows he has within and brings it out in him. Through
trials and a few difficult times they make it through like a true family, not a family just helping
an African American boy. There are tears of joy and sorrow as the Tuohy family realizes all that
they have and that Michael did not have and come to find that there is another world outside
their own. In the end he plays football for the NFL (Ravens) and Graduates College.
In watching the film for about the 50th time, I love this movie. I found a new perspective in
relating it to this week’s assignment. I found the heartbreak of a kid that really did not fit into
his own ethnic background and racially was seen more for his size than the color of his skin.
The Structural-Functional Analysis of gender-role inequality works in this situation in that he
finds his place within the family unit, while... [continues]
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