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Trailer Watch: Bullock Adapts Blind Side

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2009 at 4:13AM

Hollywood was bound to make a movie of Michael Lewis's non-fiction book The Blind Side. The question is, what kind? I wish Steven Soderbergh were directing this Lewis movie (as long as he's not doing Moneyball) because he would bring the clear-eyed authenticity that made both Erin Brockovich and Traffic Oscar winners instead of soapy high-minded morality tales.
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Hollywood was bound to make a movie of Michael Lewis's non-fiction book The Blind Side. The question is, what kind? I wish Steven Soderbergh were directing this Lewis movie (as long as he's not doing Moneyball) because he would bring the clear-eyed authenticity that made both Erin Brockovich and Traffic Oscar winners instead of soapy high-minded morality tales.

I'm assuming that this sudsy The Blind Side trailer is warping the message on this Sandra Bullock vehicle. The actress/producer was smart enough to grab this material. I'm not the only one who cried over the NYT Magazine true story, about a homeless lug of a black guy who is taken in by a rich evangelical white family and becomes a football star. Bullock pulled in John Lee Hancock, who wrote Perfect World and wrote and directed the baseball movie The Rookie. So hopefully Fox Warners will figure out how to fix this yucky marketing message. In other words: the movie (due November 20) could be better than this trailer.

[Hat tip: gawker.]

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Video, comedy, Romance, Sandra Bullock, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.