The Quick Fix: An uplifting, culturally resonant film for the whole family!
The Bottom Line: Based on a true story, this high school cross country culture clash should prove to be another solid sports hit for both Disney (Remember the Titans, Miracle and The Rookie) and Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams, Bull Durham and Tin Cup). Like chocolate and peanut butter, it’s a wonder these two properties never teamed up sooner… You’d have to try really hard to not like this movie or, at the very least, walk away without gleaning a positive vibe. It may have formulaic, underdog-like fringes – but Costner delivers a soulfully steadfast performance and it’s themes on work ethic, character, family, community and acceptance all resonate and are handled with compassion and understanding. So much so, that my 10- and 8-year old sons (fans of athletics in general) ended up loving it, handing out double-down A’s and then asking more questions in regards to the cultural aspect of the film than the sport itself. McFarland, USA may be a movie about runners but there’s enough warmth, humor and spirit to help you and your family cross the finish line in inspirational fashion.
Starring: Kevin Costner and Maria Bello
Directed by: Niki Caro (Whale Rider and North Country)
Rated: PG (for thematic material, some violence and language)
Running time: 129 minutes
Story: From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. (C) Disney
Official site: www.facebook.com/mcfarlandusa