The Blind Side

The Blind Side

John Lee Hancock (2009)

128min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This refreshingly heartfelt drama is based on the life of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), who grew up neglected and impoverished but went on to become an American football star. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, the gun-toting, wealthy, white southern Christian who bucks convention to shelter, educate and love the homeless black teenager. This could have easily slid into melodrama, but instead is a charming, relatively unsentimental drama that focuses, in a straightforward manner, on how good deeds change lives at all levels. Once viewers grow accustomed to the enormous physical differences between Bullock and Aaron - who nevertheless convince as eventual mother and son - this inspiring film will burrow in and work its magic, as Tuohy makes Oher a part of her family and uses tough love to encourage him to succeed. Oher's miserable start in life shouldn't have happened, but it did - and The Blind Side is a film that shouldn't work, but does.

Summary

A middle-class family take in a hulking homeless teenager, who has no education or skills to speak of. The indomitable wife encourages him to turn his life around, helping him to get the grades he needs for a college scholarship and hone his sporting skills to become an American football player. Fact-based drama, starring an Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock alongside Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw.

Cast & Crew

Leigh Anne Tuohy Sandra Bullock
Sean Tuohy Tim McGraw
Michael Oher Quinton Aaron
S J Tuohy Jae Head
Collins Tuohy Lily Collins
Coach Cotton Ray McKinnon
Mrs Boswell Kim Dickens
Denise Oher Adriane Lenox
Miss Sue Kathy Bates
Mrs Smith Catherine Dyer
Director John Lee Hancock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Mar 2010
Drama