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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.
Drama - This is a fact-based inspirational sports drama. While there is some
serious social subject matter and fleeting mild language, this film
and its message is appropriate for families with young children.
Kevin Costner fans will also enjoy this strong dramatic showcase.
PROFANITY: 3 miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Some hits on and off the sports field. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Some football action. COMEDY: Some comic lines and cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good It has heart and is inspirational and, although those may be corny admissions, this is Disney and the film works as solid family entertainment. McFarland USA, ... makes characters a priority. The narrative doesn't saddle them with cliché-riddled subplots; it makes them and their concerns real.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good (Director) Caro and company imbue each of the race scenes with more than sufficient drama to give the proceedings a good share of "Rocky"-triumphant moments. Tear-jerking ones, too. The result, as far as I'm concerned, is a feel-good movie that pretty much anyone can feel good about feeling good about. Particularly Costner fans.
USA TodayFull Review Good McFarland, USA is a feel-good sports movie that actually lives up to the notion. ...it's a particularly happy surprise that McFarland turns out to be a cross-cultural charmer, an endearing true story told with intelligence and warmth
NY PostFull Review Average Given the film's Disney stamp, you can see the feel-good coming a mile away, though the plot's never fleshed out enough to really distinguish it within the underdog-team genre. It's a heartwarming story...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 137 moviegoers:
WOW! I haven't seen reviews this high in a very long time. It's extremely rare to have so many reviews of "Fantastic" and "Excellent." Equally important is that no one disliked "McFarland." If you enjoy movies where the underdogs come out on top, you will love