December 4, 2009 The Blind Side
Studio: Warner Bros. Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references.
A poor, over-sized and under-educated teenager is on a dead end path that is leading to nowhere.
But thanks to one woman and her family, his life is turned around in an amazing way.
"The Blind Side" is based on the true story of Michael Oher (Quenton Aaron.) Raised in a broken home but now out on the streets, he has little hope.
But a woman named Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) takes a chance on the young man. She invites Michael into her home and that is just the beginning of his integration into her family.
Soon Michael is a part of the Tuohy's everyday life, but some of Leigh Anne's friends don't understand why she's opened her home to a stranger. But she has a ready answer. It's not the change that she is making in Michael's life...it is the change he's making in hers.
I don't know how much of this story actually happened, and how much is the result of a Hollywood rewrite. But I know it works very well as a movie.
Bullock's performance is probably the best of her career. Her Leigh Anne never feels like a saint or a caricature. Instead, she is depicted as a caring, loving mom who sees a need and wants to do something about it.
Aaron is a diamond in the rough. He's tender and vulnerable, but man, can he play football. After getting a chance he impresses everyone, eventually becoming a first round NFL draft pick. Aaron is nice discovery in this movie, his work is just about equal to Bullock's.
Although football is the centerpiece here this is not a traditional sports movie. Instead its themes center around caring and reaching out. There are many life lessons to be learned here. And there's a good chance you'll leave the theater with a better outlook than you entered with.
On my rating scale, "The Blind Side" earns a HOME RUN.
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