Dad of Divas' Reviews: Movie Review - McFarland USA

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Movie Review - McFarland USA

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About the Movie
In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

CAST: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the Fire”), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”).

My Take on the Movie
This is a great movie that really breaks down the color barriers and shows Latino Americans really achieving so much. I truly appreciate that Disney took on this story as it was family friendly and one that while I never had heard of in the past, it was one that I was excited to have found! It was a well written movie that was heart-warming and inspirational. You will be rooting on the team and hoping that this group of students are able to achieve all of their dreams! The power of this film is in the relationships that it portrays. Relationships between the Coach and players, players to players and of the Coach and players to the larger community too! If you missed this in the theater, pick it up today and see and experience this story for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

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