Opening on November 20th is director John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side, which stars Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates. I’ll admit when I sat down to watch The Blind Side, I really didn’t expect much. I thought it would be a Lifetime movie of the week except on the big screen. But even though I walked in ready to dismiss the film, I’m forced to say The Blind Side was a lot better than I expected and I enjoyed the way it mixed a few different genres together. What you need to know is, The Blind Side is both a football movie and a family values film. It’s also a bit of a comedy. When films try and mix genres like this, you almost always end in disaster. So I have to give credit to director John Lee Hancock for crafting a film that should appeal to both football fans and families. He even made me feel something for Sandra Bullock. Trust me, that’s not easy. Anyway, to help promote the film, we’ve been given a bunch of Blind Side related items to giveaway. If you’d like to enter, hit the jump to find out how and take a look at what we’ve got.
For those unfamiliar with the book it’s based on, the film is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home who is taken in by the Touhys (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw), a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.
If you want to win any of The Blind Side items, all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and say THE BLIND SIDE Giveaway in the headline.
In the body of the email please provide your name and address and if you win, you’ll get an email from me and soon after you’ll get something in the mail. The giveaway ends November 26th at noon Pacific Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person is allowed.
Here’s what I’ve been provided plus images. Good luck
- 1 American Apparel Unisex Piped Fleece Track Jacket – ARV $40
- 1 Stainless-Steel Insulated Water Bottle (Won’t sweat and won’t leach plastic into your drinks!) – ARV $40
- 3 Duffle Bag – ARV $16 ea.
- 3 “The Blind Side” Football Key Chain – ARV $ 13 ea.
- 3 “The Blind Side” Who’s Got Your Back? Men’s Tees – ARV $18 ea.
- 3 “The Blind Side” Who’s Got Your Back? Women’s Tees – ARV $20 ea.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
Sandra Bullock (“The Proposal”), Tim McGraw (“Friday Night Lights”) and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery”) star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher.
Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael-wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter-come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.
Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.
“The Blind Side” is directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Rookie”), who also wrote the screenplay based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson produced the film with Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Timothy M. Bourne serving as executive producers. Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw star as Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, and Kathy Bates stars as Michael Oher’s dedicated tutor, Miss Sue. Quinton Aaron is introduced in the central role of Michael Oher. The film also stars young actors Lily Collins and Jae Head as the Tuohy children, Collins and S.J., respectively.
Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw star as Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, and Kathy Bates stars as Michael Oher’s dedicated tutor, Miss Sue. Quinton Aaron is introduced in the central role of Michael Oher. The film also stars young actors Lily Collins and Jae Head as the Tuohy children, Collins and S.J., respectively.
The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography Alar Kivilo, two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“Apollo 13,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), editor Mark Livolsi, costume designer Daniel Orlandi and composer Carter Burwell.
“The Blind Side” is a presentation of Alcon Entertainment and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. “The Blind Side” has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references.”
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