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'The Blind Side' - movie review

Sandra Bullock plays a feisty Southern belle in this true story of a wealthy family who takes in a near-homeless black boy and nurtures his talent for football.

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Jae Head, Quinton Aaron, and Sandra Bullock (l. to r.) are shown in a scene from 'The Blind Side.'

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Sandra Bullock plays a steel-willed Memphis belle in "The Blind Side," based on a true story about a well-heeled family that took in a near-homeless, barely schooled African-American boy, Michael Oher (newcomer Quinton Aaron) and set him on the road to success as a football star. (He now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.)

It would all seem a bit patronizing if it wasn't true. The filmmakers pay lip service to the story's racial undertones without ever really rocking the leaky boat.

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Bullock is fun to watch, though. Aaron, who looks to be twice her size, is impressively impassive, and country star Tim McGraw, as Bullock's infinitely accommodating husband, is a natural.

Best performance, minute for minute, comes from Adriane Lenox, whose cameo as Michael's drug-addled mother is the film's standout.

Grade: B (Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug, and sexual references.)