The movie McFarland, USA interested me because the previews indicated it would be an inspirational sports story. I like sports. My wife doesn’t. She was out of town, so it seemed a fine film for me to see by myself.
I loved it. Sally would love it too. Based on a true story, McFarland, USA tells of a poor, predominantly Latino (Mexican-American) town in Southern California.
Kevin Costner plays a familiar character well: the stubborn, hardheaded athlete. Think Bull Durham, Tin Cup, Field of Dreams, and Draft Day. In McFarland, USA, he is Bill White, the newly hired high school cross-country coach. White’s never run cross-country or track. He’s never coached cross-country or track. The teenagers he coaches have never run cross-country or track.
Spoiler alert. You’ll like the way the movie ends. This film is Disney at its best.
What I did not expect was a touching account of a Daddy and his daughters. Take your Kleenex.
This is a good movie for all ages, children and adults, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents and grandkids.
Go. See. McFarland, USA.