I’m not joking when I say that McFarland, USA was a fantastic film. I rented it at RedBox this week and if you haven’t heard, it’s about a cross country coach in a small California town that single handedly transforms a team of athletes into champions.
I know many of you are thinking, “A movie with Kevin Costner coaching a boys running team?” Don’t be hesitant, the story behind these boys is warm, endearing and inspiring. What else would you expect from Disney? The movie develops slowly, but after the first 10 minutes the boy’s characters are taking shape and they’re doing so well you want to keep watching their ability to live ordinary lives under extraordinary circumstances.
I don’t care for major sports, however I enjoy watching a good sports movie. McFarland is one of those movies that satisfies the competitive nature within us and leaves the viewer feeling uplifted with a sense of hope in values. This movie does that and will also make you want to hug your family and count your blessings.
Costner shines as do his runners who tow the mark and are very respectful. At the end of the movie we see the real Jim White and those runners (now adults) and what happened to them and we also see how McFarland excelled in the Cross Country Program for a number of years since 1987.
Get your family together with tissues and popcorn ready and rent this movie. You’ll be glad you did!