PG | 129 min | Thursday, February 20, 2014
Starring Kevin Costner and directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), the Walt Disney Studios sports drama film, McFarland USA is based on a true story involving a California high school's cross-country squad's ascension from overwhelming underdog to championship status.
Cross-country coach Jim White (Costner) takes a job at a small-town high school in rural southern California (McFarland) in 1987. Finding himself in uncharted territory, White struggles to find a common ground at the predominantly Latino student population, especially his athletes, who although are surprisingly talented, have little or no fundamental training. The relationship between the whiter-than-white coach and his fledgling, mistrusting charges undergoes several frustrating stops and starts, but as both coach and athletes gradually develop a common goal, they become a formidable group. Despite overwhelming economic hardships in the small town, the athletes learn from White the rewards of dedication, commitment and passion to evolve from a ragtag bunch to a surrogate family group of champions.
Cast largely with unknowns and newcomers, McFarland, USA also features Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Carlos Pratts and Chris Ellis.
Disney Movie Rating:
87.06 out of 100. Total of 18 votes.
McFarland, USA Trailer
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