Sandra Bullock has got some meaningful films under her belt! Here is a look at some life lessons we can learn from a few picks in her filmography.
• Someone from your childhood could turn out to be the love of your life
In the movie “Hope Floats,” Sandra Bullock’s character (Birdee Pruitt) returns to her hometown on the run from a rocky marriage. There, she connects with an old high school classmate (Justin Matisse, played by Harry Connick, Jr.) for whom she falls, in spite of initial reluctance. Their journey makes for a sweet story, sprinkled with a few laughs and tears to keep things unpredictable. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119313/fullcredits
This lesson rings true in my life also, as my husband and I only knew each other in passing back in high school, and just happened to unknowingly choose the same state to migrate to. Years after high school, we met up again and skated from getting to know each other to falling in love, getting married, and having a baby! Guess hope does float when you least expect it. :)
• Fighting for something you believe in, regardless of the opposition, is a worthy fight
The movie “A Time to Kill” is an uncomfortably close look at the evils of rape and racism. Sandra Bullock’s character (Ellen Roark) is a law student assisting an ambitious attorney (Jake Brigance, played by Matthew McConaughey) in defending a father (Carl Lee Hailey, played by Samuel L. Jackson) who takes the law into his own hands by killing the two men who violently rape his 10-year-old daughter. Their legal team fights an uphill battle amidst systematic racism in a small Mississippi town. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117913/fullcredits
• The bond of family isn’t only defined by blood
In “The Blind Side,” Sandra Bullock plays a wife and mother who takes in a homeless high school boy who attends school with her daughter. Over time, he and the family develop a close bond…one that they choose to hold on to when they ask him to stay permanently. Based on the life of NFL offensive lineman, Michael Oher, this movie shows us how deep a love can grow for people we choose to call family. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/fullcredits
• Taking the time to help someone who needs it can completely change their life
This is a second lesson we can learn from “The Blind Side.” In it, a homeless student who receives unexpected help ultimately lands in the NFL with a hefty contract. Life is full of surprises and you can create your own when you reach out a hand to help someone who needs it. The benefits are both theirs and yours!