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The Blind Side

A 2009 movie directed by John Lee Hancock.

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To change one life

  • Dec 1, 2009
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Had I not heard a reviewer comment that Sandra Bullock's performance in this film was "the greatest performance of her career," I probably would not have seen this movie.  What a loss that would have been.

I know that the film is already suffering under the "feel good" banner, and that's unfortunate; the type of cynical folks who generally avoid 'feel good' smarminess could stand to sit for a couple of hours and observe what can happen when good people decide to act as advocates for those who are lacking in their own fundamental resources and opportunities.  Too many times in my life I have endured listening to ignorant folks drone on about poor people pulling themselves up their bootstraps.  I'm here to tell you, this is an impossible task when one does not own a pair of boots to begin with.  And I want to say loudly that this movie is anything but smarmy.  It is honest, warm, funny and poignant, but there is no glossing over the environment from which Michael Oher emerged.

Sandra Bullock does indeed pull out all the stops in this film.  She brings us a saucy Leigh Anne Tuohy whom we can tell is a former cheerleader/glamor girl, but that stereotype is never mocked or diminished, and Bullock smoothly demonstrates the depth of a woman who cares about those in need.  Quinton Aaron, as Michael Tuohy, also turns in a grade A performance, especially considering that, for the first twenty minutes of the film, he barely speaks a line.  Yet Aaron's facial expressions and body language present a vivid image of the pain, confusion and despair of a young man without rudder or sail.

I want to mention, too, the performance by Tim McGraw.  Yes, that Tim McGraw.  So convincing was he as the pro-athlete-now-husband-father-and-businessman Sean Tuohy, that I found myself forgetting immediately at the onset of the film that other career which McGraw pursues in 'real' life.  Bravo, and I hope we see more of him on the big screen.

Of course, the foundation of the film is the excellent script by director John Lee Hancock, adapted from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.  Honing a book-length piece of writing into a two-hour screenplay without creating a choppy mess is a daunting task, but such work is deftly executed by Hancock; we're given the basic story of Oher's transition from abandoned boy to hardworking student/athlete with little embellishment.  Sometimes, real life holds the greatest stories of all.

I loved this film for all that it says about the power of caring individuals to change another's life.  Highly recommended.
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The Blind Side is a 2009 American drama sports film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringings, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football.

The film stars Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, Oher's adoptive parents, and Kathy Bates as Miss Sue, Oher's tutor. The movie also features appearances by several current and former National Collegiate Athletic Association coaches, including Houston Nutt, Ed Orgeron, Phillip Fulmer, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz and Tommy Tuberville, and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
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Director: John Lee Hancock
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 20 November 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: John Lee Hancock
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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