This movie is about one man who believed in something that changed a whole town. He believed that through sports, specifically cross country running, plus hard work and perseverance anything could be achieved.
The story is one of triumph and not to judge a book by it's cover. When coach Jim White moves his family to a small California town for a new teaching job he's taken back by the differences of the people living there. He feels when they first arrived in the town like he didn't belong but, things changed after a few days of getting to know your new home. He had observed a group of the high school boys could run really fast in his gym class. He had also noticed them running faster than he was driving. After seeing some of the boys running to their jobs, he later found out they were pickers, most of the Mexican Immigrants in the town were. A job that their whole family did to make ends meet. It was a schedule that was hard for any kid to do and they did it and went to school too. They got up early at 4:30am and then went to school and then went back to the fields to pick. They did this since they were about 10 years old. No one could imagine how hard their lives were but, along the way we learned an important lesson that it was building character, strength and defining them as winners.
What I really loved about this story was, the one man who became their coach and friend guided them to a state championship when no one else would take a chance on them. They lived in a very poor town called McFarland that had no cross country team nor did anyone want to give him the chance to create a team, but he saw something in these kids. They knew pain and worked through it and got up and did it all over again the next day. The perseverance was amazing in this movie. Yes, there were hardships in their home. Life was a little rough, hardly any support for this new dream of running but they carried on because of their coach's encouragement. He was determined no matter what - he believed in it that much. At first the boys didn't believe him either, instead laughing at him and thinking he was nuts for trying to get them to run. It was empowering to see how running changed their lives; they became more positive people, they thought about going to college for the first time. They would be the first ones in their families to get out of the fields. They felt like gods when they ran, it was so freeing an experience and when you achieve you feel motivated to do more.
It was so inspirational - motivating and a chance to understand how those who don't have much can still change their STARS. They too can get what they want. I loved that it was more about what the boys could do than what they couldn't do.
This is an inspirational story of how a team of high school students who were considered under dogs and losers changed their future. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the review.
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, 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, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
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