What Is the Film "The Blind Side" About?


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The film "The Blind Side" is about a homeless teen who is taken in and eventually adopted by a well-to-do family. The athletically gifted young man earns a football scholarship and is subsequently drafted into the National Football League. The film is based on the true story of Michael Oher.

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In the film, Michael Oher is played by Quinton Aaron. His adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, is portrayed by Sandra Bullock and his adoptive father, Sean, is played by Tim McGraw. At the beginning of the film, Oher is enrolled in the same school as the Tuohy children. After asking Oher over to dinner one night, Leigh Anne realizes that Oher is homeless and takes him in. She works with him to improve his understanding of football and hires a tutor to help him academically.

The family eventually officially adopts Oher with his birth mother's blessing. By this time, Oher has attracted the attention of several colleges and is given the opportunity to accept a football scholarship from his choice of schools. He ultimately settles on Ole Miss, where he would become one of the team's star players. In 2009, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive tackle.

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