Embedded below, the trailer for "The Blind Side," an upcoming Sandra Bullock vehicle which I'm informed is "based on an inspiring true story" and from the looks of things is primed-and-ready to be the White People Feeling Good About Themselves film of the year...
Yeesh. "True" or not, it literally looks like someone snatched up all the most maudlin and irritating parts of various disposable feel-good films from the last decade and slapped together a "movie." Going by the trailer, it's the story of homeless, emotionally-withdrawn, gargantuan black teenager (think John Coffey meets Antwone Fisher) who is able to right his life only after being scooped up off the side of the road (literally, like he's a stray puppy or something) by a family of rich white people overseen by Bullock as an all-additude matriarch in the Erin Brokovich vein. They teach him how to sleep in a bed, go to school and play football real good; he teaches them... life lessons... about... stuff. ("yer changin' that boy's life!" "No... he's changin' MINE." Are you FUCKING kidding me!!??)
Dontcha just LOVE that one bit with Bullock's character getting the "talking-to" about her adoptee being beyond help by the older black woman presumably of some relation to him? Arentcha just gonna LOVE the way the film will ultimately be about proving her wrong and vindicating Bullock's ability to "save" him with the simple application of all the extra money and time her higher social-standing have afforded her? And how about that bit with Bullock marching up to the scary gangbangers and "tellin' `em the score?"
I'm told this is a true story, and that the guy actually got drafted by the NFL this year. If so, good for him. Doesn't mean the movie doesn't look like crap ;)