McFarland, USA

By Pam - AV

June 26, 2015

Kevin Costner and cast do not disappoint in McFarland USA, a movie based on a true story about Jim White (Kevin Costner)  a high school teacher & coach who takes a job at a predominately Latino high school in McFarland, CA.  Hired as a PE teacher and Assistant Football Coach, he soon realizes the football team won’t amount to much, but sees potential in a handful of students who can run like the wind.  One of the challenges facing Coach White is how to reach his students and their families.  His wife and daughters face their own challenge in adjusting to life in a town where one of his daughters asks on moving day, “Are we in Mexico?”  One of my favorite scenes in the movie takes place at the starting line of an invitational meet, when one of the competitors said to McFarland’s top runner Thomas, “Nice shorts Dude”.  Thomas replied, “You play golf?”  Competitor said, “Yes” to which Thomas replied, “This ain’t golf!”  Be sure to watch the bonus features where Kevin Costner is joined by Coach Jim White and the men who were part of the first McFarland Cross Country Team.   Overall Rating:  A+

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