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The Oscars: Money lessons from the movies

'The Blind Side'
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Nomination: Best picture, actress in a leading role

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron

Synopsis: When suburban mom Leigh Anne Tuohy spots African-American teenager Michael Oher, a classmate of her children, living on the streets, she invites the young man into their home. The family's stability and encouragement helps him reach his potential as a football player and as an adult.

The film shows what happens when you are willing to share your wealth instead of having an attitude of wanting more, Hutzler says.

"That movie, I think, shows what happens when you value personal connections more highly than profit or preserving your own resources," she says.

But Martin feels it does a poor job of showing the Tuohy family's source of wealth that helped them assist the homeless teenager. Martin points out that few scenes show Leigh Anne Tuohy, portrayed by Sandra Bullock, actually working as an interior designer.

"All we saw was this opulent wealth," he says. "It seemed like her job was a hobby. We never saw the husband at work at all. It's about wealth equaling life of leisure. Once you achieve this wealth, you really don't have to work anymore."




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