The Blind Side” is a feel good movie perfect for the holiday season. Based on a true story, the film sends the message of not giving up and triumphing over adversity.
At the same time, it is not overly sugarcoated because important social and racial issues are addressed.

Wealthy Memphis couple Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) take in a homeless black teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) after seeing him wandering around in the cold night wearing only a T-shirt and shorts. What was supposed to be one night of sleeping on the couch turns into Oher joining the Tuohy family.

The family helps this gentle giant reach his full potential academically and introduce the naturally gifted athlete to the world of football. In turn, Oher’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives offers them some self-discoveries on their own part.

The story provides a nice balance of family love and athletics. With the help of his adopted family and coaches, Oher works hard as a football player and student to become an All-American left tackle. During the course of the movie, the audience roots for Michael and his new family.

Parts of the movie tug at the heartstrings, but the script is full of humor and snappy dialogue, especially for Bullock’s character. The main reason why this film works is due to Sandra Bullock’s performance as the feisty Leigh Anne. She is a spitfire who does not take “no” for an answer, but she is filled with generosity.

Leigh Anne’s husband Sean is a less outspoken person, but together they give off the vibe of an old married couple that understands each other well. Oher is just as likable as Leigh Anne, but possesses a quiet and thoughtful demeanor of a teenager who is searching for some success and stability in his life.

“The Blind Side” is worth every penny and can be enjoyed by all audiences. This is one of Bullock’s best performances and she is already in talks for an Oscar nomination. As of Sunday, “The Blind Side” has overtaken Twilight’s “New Moon” at the box office after running a tight race since both films opened. According to E! Online, it currently has grossed about $130 domestically.

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