A movie that is based on a true story normally draws a huge crowd and makes big money because we as a society, are all so eager to get the juicy “behind the scenes” dirt on a story that possibly made big headlines. Not only do these films give you something to talk about (AKA brag about how much you know about the subject), but it also makes for a great movie experience. Even though we are smart enough to know that the “this is based on true story” disclaimer at the beginning of a movie is one to be skeptical of, we naturally want to throw that disclaimer out the door and believe every word we hear and every action we see. However, this disclaimer is something to be taken lightly sometimes in more cases than others. In the movie industry, a true story can mean that someone stabbed someone else in a parking lot and it is turned into a movie with a huge conspiracy and enticing plot, and the real act never even went down like that; in fact, the real person involved (if there actually is one) was not even clever enough to think of anything near what happens in the film. You have to give it up to writers and directors though, as they know how to play the game and get you so involved that you feel like you were there and part of this “true story”.
Hollywood is obviously a business built on entertaining society and truthfully, we need that imagination and excitement in films because sometimes the original story just is not cutting it (or is so sad that it would ruin the upbeat feel of the film). Here are 10 films that stretched the truth.
10 Erin Brockovich
9 Pursuit of Happyness
8 A Beautiful Mind
7 Saving Mr. Banks
6 The Strangers
5 Captain Phillips
3 The Sapphires
2 American Hustle
1 The Blind Side
This Academy Award winning film was apparently so untruthful that the movie subject Michael Oher, has gone on a crusade to expose the real story. The film which was based off of Oher’s 2006 biography, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game has been accused of being highly fictional and Oher has stated publicly that the film has “hurt his career”. Some of the non-truths in film include that Leigh Anne Tuohy taught Oher to play football (this one seems pretty obvious), there was no tension when Oher moved in with them, in fact Tuohy stated that within 48 hours they felt like a complete family. Even daughter Collins Tuohy was happy with Oher and considers him a best friend.
Sources: thedailybeast.com, salon.com, hypable.com, nypost.com, dailymail.co.uk
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