The Blind Side

Rated PG-13 128 minutes 2009

A remarkable story gets bags of sugar and saccharin dumped all over it in The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Numerous sports-film clichés show up in this one, and you can see every turn coming. That’s too bad, because it’s directed by John Lee Hancock, who did a fine job with The Alamo and The Rookie, a fine sports movie. The movie is based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens football player Michael Oher. Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) had a tough time growing up: His mom was addicted to crack; his dad was murdered; he bounced around from home to home and school to school. This is a man who, as a high school student, managed to get a 2.52 GPA, play various sports to the point of excellence, and get scholarship offers to some of the country’s finest schools. I’m thinking Oher must’ve had a spark of intelligence and some charisma to beat the odds—yet The Blind Side depicts him as a big oaf.

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Official Site: www.theblindsidemovie.com

Director: John Lee Hancock

Producer: Gil Netter, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Timothy M. Bourne

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer, Andy Stahl, Tom Nowicki, Libby Whittemore, Brian Hollan, Melody Weintraub, Sharon Morris, Omar Dorsey, Paul Amadi and Irone Singleton

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