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Movie Analysis: The Blind Side

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Movie Plot
The Blind Side is based on a true story about a homeless boy named Michael Oher (Big Mike) who has been living with different people until the Tuohys take him in. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy eventually become his legal guardians and the story is about how his life improves while playing football at Wingate high school in Tennesee. It shows his struggles with grades, and how the family and Michael are affected by the other. Because of his giant size he goes on to get a football scholarship for the University of Mississippi. The story is about his journey.
Characters
Movie Analysis: The Blind Side

Self Concept
There are a lot of scenes that deal with self concept in this movie, but there are a couple important ones.

The first scene is when Mrs. Tuohy is with her friends at lunch and calls Michael her son. They think it's some charity work that she's doing but she's dead serious.

Michael is from the complete opposite side of life- and side of town and he is determined to be a success in school and sports so he can have a good life for himself. He was given the opportunity to make something of himself when his friend's dad brought them to Wingate, and then again when he was taken in by the Tuohys. His determination makes him successful in both academic and social aspects in his life.
Verbal Communication
Listening
There are many scenes that involve listening in this movie. The one critical one that stands out is at the end when Mrs. Tuohy is sitting down with Michael and asks him what school he really wants to go to, because she knows that he was not asked and was persuaded by them to attend Ole Miss. She is listening to what he has to say.

The other scene that is an important listening scene is when the NCAA investigator is sitting with Michael and she is asking him questions. He says that she asks a lot of questions but never asked why he wanted to go to Old Miss. When he says that he wants to go there because it's where his family goes to school she is silent and doesn't say anything. This is an important scene because it shows how family is important to him and that he is capable of making his own decisions.
Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal communication is the complex process through which people express, interpret, and coordinate messages to create shared meaning, meet social goals, manage personal identity, and carry out their relationships.

Intercultural Communication
In this movie, race plays a big part between Michael and his new surroundings. Michael is black, and his adoptive family is white. As well as being from different races, they are also from different economic and social classes. This comes out in the very beginning when Micheal's friend's father is driving them through an affluent neighborhood to Wingate High School. Micheal is looking around like he's never seen anything like it.

When he does get to school, he is not greeted very friendly from his predominantly white classmates. He is ignored or turned away from.

Another scene that depicts the intercultural communication is when Leigh Anne Tuohy (Michael's adoptive mother) goes to look for Michael in Hurt Village, where his biological mother used to live. Her interaction with Alton, one of the guys in the area is one of cultural differences. Right there, she tells him not to cross in to the other side of town, which shows a separation of races and cultures.


SJ (Brother)
Collins (Sister)
Leigh Anne Tuohy (Mother)
Sean Tuohy (Father)
Michael Oher (Big Mike)
This presentation will cover different interpersonal relationships throughout the movie, focusing on the five main characters and their interactions with one another. The concepts will be taken from the text and applied to the characters.
• Intercultural Communication
• Self Concept
• Perceptual Accentuation
• Listening
• Verbal Communication
• Non Verbal communication
• Relationship development
• Perception
• Physical Appearance
• Disclosure
The key interpersonal communication concepts in this movie are following:
In this scene, Mrs. Tuohy helps Michael understand what he is supposed to be playing and how he should look at the players as his family, that it is like protecting his family when he is playing the game. She then tells coach that yelling at him won't do any good. This scene shows effective (her) versus non-effective (coach) communication and how it helps Michael.
Non-Verbal Communication
So glad I got to use this scene in the presentation!! There is a lot non-verbal communication in this clip. The first is when coach holds up his phone and presses the end call button and hangs up on Mrs. Tuohy, a sign of he doesn't want to listen to her. The second important one is where the player from the other team kicks Michael in the head while he's down. This shows the animosity between the two teams and the want to win. The next is when Michael closes his eyes and remembers what Mrs. Tuohy said about protecting the family.
The best part of the whole scene is when Michael uses "excessive blocking" and blocks the guy from running by pushing him all the way to the other side of the field and over the side wall. This says so much. It says he's not going to let them win; it says that he know what he has to do to win; it says that protecting is important to him and in this situation he imagines protecting his family, so it shows the kind of person he is. The last sign of important non verbal is when the ref throws up the yellow flag. He did this because of Michael's "excessive blocking", even though there really was no technicality.

Perception
The scene that plays in my mind when ing about perception is when Michael goes back to Hurt Village to look for his mother. This is when one of the big drug dealers he knows, Alton, tells him to come in and hang with them wheile he waits. They are sitting down with a bunch of people and Alton said to Michael “you tap that?” (about Michaels adoptive sister) and Michael didn’t say anything. So Alton laughed and said “yeahhhh you tapped that Big Mike!” Michael didn’t say anything to the first comment and the perceived meaning that Alton got out of his silence was that he did and that he didn't want to talk about it. This is not what his silence meant, but that's how it was perceived. His silence was because he did not want to talk about something like that because he loves his family and didn't want to be in a disrespectful conversation.
Michael gets up and says he's going to wait for his momma. This gesture is form of non-verbal communication saying that he's uncomfortable and done with the conversation. His facial expressions also signify this.
Physical Appearance
The idea of physical appearance in this movie significant. There is the big difference between the Tuohys and Michael, both in race and in size. In one of the scenes, Collins gets up away from her study group of friends in the library to study with Michael. They give looks of disapproval to her and him studying together.

Of course, Michael is huge and much bigger than any of the other people in the movie and his stature makes him stand out and be scouted by all the football coaches from the different universities. His size made his ability to tackle be much easier and stand out among the other players.


Physical appearance is a problem in this movie for almost all the characters, seeing that it was not what people expected to see. Physical appearance in this movie is the difference between the social classes, the economic standing, an the way characters in the movie are treated and the way they treat each other.
Disclosure
The scene in this movie depicting disclosure was when Mrs. Tuohy asked Michael to tell her everything she should know about him. He just looked at her and said nothing. He finally said the one thing that he didn't like is being called Big Mike, so from then on he is Michael to the family.

Disclosure is important because even the smallest amount of disclosure, like this scene depicts trust between the parties. Disclosure doesn't have to be big, but it is important in any interpersonal relationships to be able to have an understanding of the other person as well.
Relationship Development
This movie is all about relationship development. From the time that the Tuohys took in Michael to the end when they sent him off to college, their relationship as a family and as individuals changed dramatically. All of it was for the better and in the end improved the lives of all of them.

Michael's relationship with his teachers at school improved as well, and he was able to pass his classes and this made him able to get scholarships for football and he was able to play for Old Miss and eventually recruited professionally for the Baltimore Ravens.

The way that people's attitudes changed, their perceptions on each other, and the over all dynamic of people's feelings improved and developed throughout the whole movie foe everyone's benefit.
Final Evaluation
The one aspect of communication in this movie that very much relates to me, is concept of intercultural communication. Being adopted myself I can relate to being the ethnic one in a predominantly white culture. My experience with it is nowhere near as bad as Michael's, but I do know what it feels like to be the different one. Being brought up here in Maine my whole life makes my experience not drastic like the movie, but there are times it is noticed.
Another form of communication that is relatable to me is physical appearance. A lot of times people think that if you like to look good or look a certain way you must obviously be stereotyped. I have had people perceive me as mean because I look a certain way, as well as super smart in math because I'm Asian. So perceptions and physical appearance are definitely important in my life!!
I think that if I were in the type of relationships in the movie I would act similarly in certain ways. If I was in Collin's shoes, I would have probably acted the same way that she did in different situations. Like the situation where she goes and sits with Michael to study even as her friends disapproved. Or the fact that she was skeptical in the beginning about having a strange guy in the house but eventually became close.
I believe that this movie is a great example of interpersonal communication because of all the different issues and personalities in the characters. The scenarios depict great examples of nonverbal communication, disclosure, and realistic ways that people in that society and situation would react. It shows many different kinds of communication all very realistically, and it is easy to put yourself in the characters shoes.
Concept Definitions
• Intercultural Communication: a form of communication that aims to share information across different cultures and social groups
• Self Concept: an idea of the self constructed from the beliefs one holds about oneself and the responses of others
• Perceptual Accentuation: leads you to see what you expect and want to see
• Listening: making an effort to hear something; be alert and ready to hear something.
• Verbal Communication: the sharing of information between individuals by using speech
• Non Verbal Communication: includes gestures, facial expressions, and body positions (known collectively as “body language”), as well as unspoken understandings and presuppositions, and cultural and environmental conditions that may affect any encounter between people
• Relationship Development: the way that the relationship develops and progresses and how it ends over a period of time
• Perception: how you perceive; first impressions
• Physical Appearance: the way one looks on the outward appearance
• Disclosure: the action of making new or secret information known
Christina Bogatses
Interpersonal Communication
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