I took my kids to the red carpet premiere of McFarland USA and it was such an amazing experience. The movie was so good and my kids really enjoyed it too. There were some things that they didn’t really understand, like the fact that the kids in the movie were getting up at 4:30 am to go work and then they went to school and then they went to work again. I loved how they really got to see what it meant to be an underdog and overcome life.
In McFarland USA the people that live there have to work harder than most people in the US. It’s one of the poorest towns and the thought of doing something with your life other than working the land doesn’t really exist. Coach White was really down on his luck because of his temper. The only job he could get was being a teacher/assistant football coach in McFarland USA and he didn’t get along with the football coach and lost that part of his job.
While getting to know the students he saw that they have a natural talent in running. So he decided to start a track team and that’s when all the action happens.
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.
It’s a great family film and we loved watching it as a family. Go see it it’s in theaters February 20th.