The Blind Side (2009)

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Released:  Friday, November 20, 2009  
Length:  128 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama/Suspense
Rating: The Blind Side is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Synopsis

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A poor, undereducated 344-pound African-American teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy white couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.

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The Blind Side Theatrical Review


Hollywood was literally hit in its "blind side" when the unassuming, rags to riches sports story "The Blind Side" was released in fall of 2009. A powerhouse, Oscar worthy performance by Sandra Bullock (Best Actress) increased the buzz surrounding the film and the demographic of people who might otherwise have skipped the film entirely. Does "The Blind Side" live up to the hype? Is Sandra Bullock really the best actress of 2009? Did we really need another football movie?

The plot, based on a true story, surrounds the life of Michael Oher, who is (spoiler alert) currently a National Football League player and All American. Traumatized as a young boy and not having a stable family , Oher grows up sad, shy, and alone. His athletic ability begins to shine as he reaches adolescences and his size makes him the envy of every football coach. Seeking to get his son a good education, Ohers father attempts to enroll him in an upper-class Christian academy. His lack of general knowledge and inability to read or write very well make this quite a challenge for the administration to take. Getting him on the football team proves to be a deciding factor in his admission.

Unfortunately It turns out Michael Oher is not very good at football. Enter Sandra Bullock. Playing the role of Leigh Anne Tuohey, Bullock comes off as a sassy, "go get 'em" strong type of woman - something Oher has never experienced in his life. After learning the Oher is homeless and alone, Touhey , with reluctance from her husband take Oher in and shows him what the good, strong family life is like. By connecting the football team to his new found family, Oher is able to overcome his short comings on the field and make it to play college football and ultimately be drafted into the NFL.

Bullock really does shine in the film, making the audience root for her and what she is doing to help Oher. Her spot on southern accent and subtle way of winking just at the right times seem to be a bit improved by her and she'll really knock the socks of the men in the audience. Women will want to be more like her, and the character is great role model for kids to look up to. The film makers and Bullock really hit all the bases with the character and Bullock is deserving of her Best Actress oscar.

Ultimately, however, "The Blind Side" is just another sports movie. While the on the field scenes are few and far between, its pretty clear that Oher is going to develop both on the field and in his academic and personal life. There is nothing new to this formula and it feels overdone and certainly was over-hyped thanks to Bullocks standout performance. I decent movie with good acting, a recycled storyline and a happy ending, "The Blind Side" a good family flick but mostly forgettable.  

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