The Blind Side holds broad appeal for sports, non-sports fans alike

When a movie claims to be “based on a true story,” those who actually know the story tend to greet the film with some apprehension. But in The Blind Side, director John Lee Hancock stays true to Michael Oher’s remarkable journey, and the result is an inspired movie that will have broad and everlasting appeal among sports and non-sports fans alike.

Part Pretty Woman, part Remember the Titans, part The Rookie — the latter of which Hancock directed in 2002 — Blind Side is a sports movie that centers on something other than winning.