Sandra Bullock loves message of 'Blind Side'

LOS ANGELES "The Blind Side" tells the story of an affluent white family who open their hearts and their home to a homeless black youth.

The film is based on a true story. The film's star /*Sandra Bullock*/ spent quite a bit of time with her real life counterpart, LeAnn Touhey of Memphis, Tennessee.

"The one thing that we have in common is we fight for our family, and we protect the ones we love. You reach out and you don't discriminate on where you give," said Bullock. "You either have to give 100 percent everywhere or you are not really giving. We can be very different, LeAnn and I, but there are some similarities that are a little scary."

Bullock loves what the film has to say about simply paying attention to everyone who comes into your life.

"There are so many differences in all of us, but if you open yourself up to conversation or reach out a hand and cross the dividing line you'd be surprised what you get back in return," said Bullock. "I got it and this family got it. There are so many things you can get from this movie, but you have to be willing to reach out."

"The Blind Side" also stars Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates and newcomer Quinton Aaron. It's rated PG-13.

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