The Blind Side

A remarkable story gets bags of sugar and saccharin dumped all over it in The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Numerous sports-film clichés show up in this one, and you can see every turn coming. That’s too bad, because it’s directed by John Lee Hancock, who did a fine job with The Alamo and The Rookie, a fine sports movie. The movie is based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens football player Michael Oher. Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) had a tough time growing up: His mom was addicted to crack; his dad was murdered; he bounced around from home to home and school to school. This is a man who, as a high school student, managed to get a 2.52 GPA, play various sports to the point of excellence, and get scholarship offers to some of the country’s finest schools. I’m thinking Oher must’ve had a spark of intelligence and some charisma to beat the odds—yet The Blind Side depicts him as a big oaf.

Credits

Director:

  • John Lee Hancock

Cast:

  • Sandra Bullock
  • Tim McGraw
  • Quinton Aaron
  • Jae Head
  • Lily Collins
  • Ray McKinnon
  • Kim Dickens
  • Adriane Lenox
  • Kathy Bates
  • Catherine Dyer
  • Andy Stahl
  • Tom Nowicki
  • Libby Whittemore
  • Brian Hollan
  • Melody Weintraub
  • Sharon Morris
  • Omar Dorsey
  • Paul Amadi
  • Irone Singleton

Writers:

  • John Lee Hancock
  • Michael Lewis

Producers:

  • Gil Netter
  • Broderick Johnson
  • Andrew Kosove
  • Molly Smith
  • Erwin Stoff
  • Timothy M. Bourne

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