I have a BIG recommendation for what to do this weekend. GO SEE MCFARLAND USA!! I saw a sneak peek Wednesday night and it is SO good! Seriously, it's one of the best movies I have seen in a while. Mario also loved it and said it is his new “Rudy”. By that, he means it is a movie he loves and will stop to watch any time he sees it playing on TV for the next 20+ years, even if he has seen it 100 times.
The story of McFarland, Coach White, the members of the cross-country team and their families is inspirational and heart warming. There is so much more I could add, but I really want you to see it and form your own opinions. I hope you love it as much as we did!
Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.
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MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!