The Blind Side is a compilation of every overused, sappy movie stereotype, complete with unrealistic one-liners and music that swells in a last chance effort to save this film. Sandra Bullock delivers an overrated performance as Leigh Anne Touhy, the fiery head of the house. Bullock’s performance is indeed a memorable one, and one that has garnered her, her first Oscar win. However, even Bullock’s incredible improvement from her last movie debacle, All About Steve, was not great enough to save this poorly done should-have-been-made-for-TV movie. Were it not for some occasional humor and the clichéd slow close-ups done to evoke empathy from the audience, which I will admit worked on me on a few occasions, I would have walked out of this movie after the first long tedious hour of clichéd cheese. This movie’s biggest problem is an immense lack of conflict and struggle. This well-to-do family has taken in an impoverished black boy and teaches him, educates him, and then sends him off to college to play football. The end. No turmoil, no intense inner or outer forces fighting against their decision. Nothing terrible happens to these people. I know some people may think, “Well why would I want to see a movie where terrible things happen to good people?”, and this is true. However, why on earth would anyone pay to see a movie in which nothing whatsoever occurs? In which the good guys get what they want without any fight. Why root for the good guy, if they haven’t overcome something and pushed past adversity time and time again and have come out triumphant time and time again? The very small amount of conflict that does exist is over just as soon as it starts. In one scene, in which Leigh Anne tells her friends that Michael is changing her life, I nearly burst out laughing. At no point do we see the lives of the Touhy family change in any way. The saddest part about this film is that the main character, Michael Oher, becomes a minor character in the story of his life. The director, screenwriter, and everyone else on the creative team were so focused on Sandra Bullock, and the attention that the movie would gain from her name, that they completely neglected to find a way into the spirit and soul of Michael Oher. Unlike the movie Precious, that allows the audience to view the world through the eyes of this down-on-her-luck, impoverished teen and finds a unique and clever way to bridge a connection to her, we are never able to feel this connection to Oher because he is reduced to mere close up shots with the same sad, blank stares that possess no real meaning behind them and shows no development in him as a character. By the time you think to yourself, “Well, I wonder what Michael thinks about all of this”, he has been reduced to such low importance that one cannot truly honor the achievements he’s made because, by the end of the movie, we still do not know who this young man is. Overall, The Blind Side is a sentimental, clichéd, boring mess, that movie critic, A.O. Scott, best said “is full of a condescending vanity that it mistakes for compassion”.