I rented “The Blind Side” (2009) one night and cried like a sissyboy for 128 minutes. (I knew I was going to. I once cried during a documentary on Ernie Davis.) The movie is emotionally manipulative, you already know how it turns out and I am sure the truth was stretched for dramatic effect. It is what it is. But it’s also an inspiring story (Sandra Bullock’s rich white family “adopts” kid from ghetto. Everyone is the better for it.) and the engrossing performances have you rooting for Michael Oher to overcome everything you already know he’s going to overcome.

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