If you’re like me and find yourself teary-eyed at uplifting sports movies, then ‘The Blind Side‘ is for you. Starring a captivating Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wealthy, do-good wife to Sean (Tim McGraw) and mother to son S.J. (Jae Head, who almost steals the show) and daughter Collins (Lily Collins) and has a heart of gold and an attitude of steel. When Leigh Anne spots Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) walking on the street one night, she invites him to spend the night and eventually live with the Tuohy’s.
The movie beautifully portrays the bumps in the road when you mix a large African-American, illiterate, homeless teen into a very privileged, wealthy, white family. When Michael’s size proves valuable on the football field, Leigh Anne goes for the gold. The movie tracks Michael’s journey as an awkward high school player to a successful NFL defensive end. Based on the true story of current Baltimore Ravens’ defensive end and adapted from Michael Lewis’ 2007 novel The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game, the film has garnered $219 million at the box office and earned Bullock one of two Golden Globe nominations. It has also turned unknown actor Aaron from an almost homeless struggling performer to a superstar relatively overnight. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) and also starring Kathy Bates as Miss Sue, Michael’s hard-hitting high school tutor, this film is sure to please both the sports loving and family-oriented moviegoer alike.