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Bullock's Oscar show.

THE BLIND SIDE (12A, 128 MINS) 6/10 DREAMS do come true. Just ask Sandra Bullock. Earlier this month, the reigning queen of the romantic comedy prized the golden Oscar statuette out of Meryl Streep's more deserving hands for her role in this life-affirming true story.

Based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution Of A Game, Bullock delivers an eye-catching turn as a crusading southern mom, reminiscent of Julia Roberts's Oscar-winning theatrics in Erin Brockovich. She is spunky and sassy, snaffles all of the best lines and manages to make even the sappiest lines in writer-director John Lee Hancock's manipulative script ring true.

On this side of the Atlantic, where American football isn't a religion, the underlying tale of sporting triumph against the odds doesn't quite score an emotional touchdown. However, The Blind Side wears its heart on its shoulder padding for the entire 128 minutes and eventually, the gosh darn wholesomeness of the characters, pulling together for a common cause, wins us over. Leigh Anne Touhy (Bullock) is a fervently-Christian housewife in Memphis, Tennessee, who enjoys a privileged life with her husband Sean (Tim McGraw) and children Lily (Lily Collins) and SJ (Jae Head).

Driving home one night, Leigh spots one of the youngsters' classmates - Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) - wandering along the road and offers the homeless, black teenager a roof for the night.

The matriarch takes pity on Michael and offers him a room and encourages the lad to improve his grades and chase the possibility of an American football scholarship.


* OSCAR PERFORMANCE: Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2010
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