Inspirational sports films can be fun. Sports films in general usually emphasize that aspect. When the two are combined it makes for an even greater time at the movies. While sports will never be my all-time favorite film genre, I don’t mind them at all. Give me either a group of underdogs to root for or a good life story and so long as I’m entertained, most of this genre’s clichés can be overlooked.
But what happens when the driving force of your film is a huge black hole of fun every time she pops up onscreen? Such is the case in The Blind Side which features Oscar’s most atrocious Best Actress Nominee this year — Sandra Bullock. Here is someone who has never been nominated for an Academy Award, never has given a performance worthy of such acclaim, and yet even here gives a portrayal of what wound up to be one of the worst female characters in feel-good history.
Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock) may be a great person in real life, but as she’s been written and portrayed by Bullock in this film, I don’t know why anyone would want to make a movie about her. Maybe that’s why director John Lee Hancock (who also scripted, based on the novel by Michael Lewis) couldn’t make up his mind on which character he wanted to focus on. While the true stories have to be shown side-by-side as you could never have one without the other, Michael Oher’s (Quinton Aaron) side of things are far more interesting than Leigh Anne’s.
Leigh Anne Tuohy seems to have it all. Her daughter Collins (Phil Collins’ real-life daughter, Lily Collins) is on the cheerleading squad and her son S.J. (the hilarious Jae Head) just wants to be the center of attention no matter what the circumstances. Leigh Anne’s husband Sean (country mega-star Tim McGraw) owns a bunch of fast food chains to supply Leigh Anne with the money she needs to live in their luxurious mansion of a house and drive to restaurants in her BMW to have $18 salads hanging out on the right side of town with her debutante ball reject friends in Memphis, Tennessee.