One night, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking alone on the moist road, shivering in the cold without adequate clothing.When she learns that he plans to spend the night huddled outside the closed school gym, Leigh Anne offers to let him sleep on the couch in the Tuohy home.
The film premiered on November 17 in New York City and New Orleans and opened in theaters on November 20 in the rest of the United States and in Canada.
Bullock initially turned down the starring role three times due to discomfort with portraying a devout Christian.
His friend's father, on whose couch Mike had been sleeping, asks Burt Cotton, the coach of Wingate Christian School, to help enroll his son and Mike.
Impressed by Mike's size and athleticism, Cotton gets him admitted despite his poor academic record.
The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick of the Ravens.When Leigh Anne seeks to become Michael's legal guardian, she learns he was taken from his drug-addict mother when he was seven and that no one knows her whereabouts.She is also told that, although he scored poorly in a career aptitude test, he was ranked in the 98th percentile in "protective instincts".Later, Leigh Anne and Sean watch their daughter Collins playing volleyball.After the game, Sean notices Michael picking up leftover food on the bleachers.He sees an eviction notice posted on the door, and his mother is gone.