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What a great feel good movie! The movie closely follows the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis which is based on a true story.

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a homeless black kid from the Memphis projects who lands in a wealthy Christian school on a scholarship. Leigh Ann Touhy (Sandra Bullock) finds him walking alone on a cold night and takes him home for one night. That one night turns into many and eventually Michael is adopted by the Touhy family. As a football player and student, Michael works hard and with the help of a tutor, his coaches and adopted family becomes an All-American offensive left tackle at the University of Mississippi. The Baltimore Ravens drafted Oher in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.

Sandra Bullock’s performance as Leigh Ann Touhy is consistently outstanding. Finally she finds herself in a drama with a worthwhile story line. The Touhy son S.J played by Joe Head provides great humorous scenes. Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw and Quinton Aaron are also strong in their roles.

Not only a reflection on the strength of family, the Blind Side shows great football action and strategy. Appearances from several famous Southern college coaches provide an interesting view of the college football recruitment process. The Blind Side warms the heart during this holiday season.

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