The Blind Side

B+
The Blind Side

Rated PG-13; Directed by John Lee Hancock; Starring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Jae Head, Lily Collins

How often have you seen a movie trailer and know exactly how the movie will play out? The Blind Side had one of those trailers. It made the movie look manipulative and predictable. You know, sometimes it’s not good to trust movie trailers. The Blind Side is much better than its trailer. It’s an enjoyable, and often moving, film that lets Sandra Bullock shine in a role as a woman who does something extraordinary.

Bullock plays Leigh Anne Touhy, who is one of those women who seem to have it all. When Michael “Big Mike” Oher (Quinton Aaron) becomes a student at the same school as her children, Leigh Anne realizes that Michael is homeless and invites him to stay with her family for one night. This one night changes everyone’s lives, as Michael becomes part of the Touhy’s family.

The plot could seem ridiculous. A stubborn woman makes an effort and helps lift a poor, young man into a better world, leading to his success as a football player. This would-be ridiculous plot is, amazingly, true. Michael Oher is now playing in the NFL. So the plot’s suspense doesn’t arise from how it will end, as that’s a given, but on how the Touhy’s and Michael make a life with each other.

Sandra Bullock rocks the role of Leigh Anne. This is her movie and she stands out as the feisty mother and wife. The rest of the cast adds to the fun. Director John Lee Hancock keeps blatant emotional manipulation at an acceptable level, and makes The Blind Side, though not perfect, a movie worth seeing.

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