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"McFarland, USA"

Drama, Sport. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes.

Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Still of Kevin Costner in McFarland, USA (2015)

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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Inspired by actual events and based on a true story, "McFarland, USA," is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Set in the 1980's, Jim White (Kevin Costner) and his wife and two daughters move from Boise, Idaho to McFarland, California as he takes on a teaching job as Assistant football coach.

McFarland, California is an Hispanic town and the poorest town in California. It seems they are the only white family living there. The Mexican kids at McFarland High School wake up at dawn and pick produce with their families, then go to school, and after school, they pick more produce. They are hardworking kids with no future.

Along comes Jim White, who fails as an Assistant football coach and gets fired. He then decides to form a cross-country running team. He clocks a kid named Thomas (Carlos Pratts) who runs faster than he's ever seen. Along with Thomas, he chooses another six team members. They train and run in meets, but the kids never give up. At one point, they run against the snobs of Palo Alto. A Palo Alto team member tells them the only way Mexicans can run is if a cop is chasing them or they're headed towards Taco Bell. Costner tells them, "You have to believe in yourself."

This feel good story will melt your heart. The kids' strong work ethic and determination makes them go the distance. Their journey makes them a winner. The sequence at the end of the movie with the real Jim White and his running team along with their accomplishments is a nice touch.

The film is directed by Niki Caro and Disney has struck gold. It's one of the best performances Costner has done, as far as I'm concerned. I would definitely recommend this movie, hands down. "McFarland, USA" is now open in theaters nationwide.

OVERALL RATING: A

 

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Movie poster credit: Walt Disney Pictures

 

Photo by Ron Phillips - © 2014 - Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Still of Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez and Sergio Avelar in McFarland, USA (2015)

 

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