Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) is a ward of the state, living in Memphis, Tennessee. He has learning difficulties and he has developed into a huge mountain of a young boy. He suffers at the hands of teasing youths around him and through his eyes, we see that most of the world is a mysterious and confusing place. One evening, Leigh Anne Touhy (by Sandra Bullock) sees him wandering along in the freezing winter weather wearing only a t-shirt and shorts (the only clothes he owns) and she offers him a ride. When she discovers he has nowhere to go, she takes him into her family home, provides him with some food and a warm plalce to sleep for the night. She soon finds that this boy, in the same school as her children, has had a very difficult life up to this point and she supports him, first with food, shelter and some parental guidance, but then she and her family take warmly to Michael and they embrace him as part of their family. He slowly discovers the joy of family and that life really does have a lot to offer him ….
This lovely movie is based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in homeless teenage African-American, Michael “Big Mike” Oher who, with the ongoing support of the Tuohy family, improves his school grades to the point where he qualifies for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship in football. He was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. Sandra Bullock is marvellous as the real life Leigh Anne Touhy, a feisty and determined woman with a generous and loving heart. Tim McGraw is a country singer and he plays her husband Sean, very well. The best, however, is provided by marvellous Jae Head as the Touhy’s young son, SJ (Sean Junior), with a very strong performance by Lily Collins as his sister, Collins. Katy Bates is also cast in a lovely role as Michael’s tutor, Miss Sue. In 2010, Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her work in this movie.
Made in 2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock