Sincerity outshines cheese

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If The Blind Side was a work of imagination, it would undoubtedly be accused of being not only unrealistic but also racially discriminatory. But the fact that it is based on true events turns it round and makes it an uplifting, touching, and entirely unmissible film.

Black homeless teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is invited by the feisty Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) to stay at the Tuohy home one snowy winter night. One thing leads to another, Oher becomes part of the loving and warm family. Thanks to the family's unconditional support, he works hard at school and on the field and makes it into the professional American football league.

The film has its share of predictable Hollywood moments, such as SJ Tuohy's (Jae Head) "negotiations" with university representatives about Oher's prospects, in which the young white boy has most of the say while Oher just listens. And some of the storytelling is simply too comical to be credible.

Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) has some of the funniest lines in the movie. His performance is rock solid and is as convincing as Bullock's. Head provides plenty of comic moments with his quick wit and larger-than-life enthusiasm.

Whether this will be Bullock's ticket to an Oscar will be revealed tomorrow morning. But one thing is certain: audiences will be reminded of how beneficial to all a little generosity can be.

YP rating: 4/5

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