McFarland USA is such an uplifting movie. The first thing my eight year old said as we left the theater was, ” I really liked this movie because it shows you how they had to believe in themselves to follow their dream.” What a lesson to learn! I have never been in an audience where the whole theater is rooting and cheering for the characters. It was such an experience to be there and feel like we were also part of the community.
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.
The following posters were designed by acclaimed artist Fernando Reza. I believe they represent the heart and ideals of this movie.
As an educator, I truly loved this movie. White grows as a teacher and because of that his students grow too. It reminded me of how much of a difference you can make in a student’s life and why it is always important to continue to try and reach each and every one of them.
White was amazed at the ability of his students. They ran fast, worked in the fields and went to school.
The boys had optimism. They saw that with hard work and determination, they could make it to State.
The boys had heart. They gave it their all.
The boys stood together and supported each other.
Danny definitely will hold a special place in your heart. His courage will surprise you in the end.
The power of family is a strong message throughout the film. This is one of the reasons White’s family loves McFarland.
I found McFarland, USA very inspirational. I am glad my two older daughters were with me to see the power of hard work and determination. It really goes to show you that you need to know your students and what they do every day to understand where they are coming from.
McFarland USA is definitely a feel good movie that you will enjoy!
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McFARLAND, USA is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on February 20th!
Will you go see McFarland USA?