Published on February 24th, 2015 | by Gareth Von Kallenbach0
By Jennifer Fiduccia
The new Disney movie, McFarland USA, is based on a true story.
I didn’t recognize any of the actors in it, except Kevin Costner, but that didn’t take anything away from the movie for me.
I really enjoyed the film a lot.
I laughed, I cried, I held my breath, and it had me on the edge of my seat in some parts too.
Costner plays Coach Jim White, who, due to an outburst of temper at his previous position, has had to take on a teaching and assistant coaching job in an out of the way tiny town called McFarland, CA.
He has a slight run in with the head coach, and gets demoted.
Discovering the untapped potential in a handful of the McFarland high school boys, Coach White petitions the principal for permission to start a cross country track team.
The principal gives his consent, and the story unfolds.
The kids help the Coach on his ‘life journey’ as much as he helps them.
He helps them realize their potential, and teaches them how to dream big and never give up, and they teach him about the importance of community, that ‘bigger’ isn’t always ‘better’, and that sometimes having the heart and desire to do something means more than a fat paycheck.
I wouldn’t bring very young kids to this movie, but children from maybe 9 and up should appreciate and enjoy it.
I would give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.