Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. I received an all-expense paid trip so that I could gather and share this information. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% honest and my own.
Let’s see where do we start? This movie made me laugh and it made me cry. But the thing this movie does is leave you feeling good. It’s not just a sports movie. It’s a human experience. “It’s a profoundly American Film!”, and that’s a quote straight from the director Niki Caro’s mouth. She is the one who loves low riding cars and made it a point to have a low riding club in the movie. Niki really researched the migrant worker and their lifestyle so that she could accurately portray it in this movie. She loves to showcase people from other areas, other cultures and give them a spotlight on what their struggles are. This was very well done in the movie McFarland USA. If you ever wonder how your food gets to your table this movie will show how that is done. It will make you aware of the class differences and more appreciative of how your food got to the grocery store. It wasn’t by magic.
This movie is a movie about sports but it’s so much more. It’s a movie about small town life. It’s a movie about cultural differences and diversity and getting along. It’s a movie about helping others and doing what’s best for the community. It’s a movie worth seeing. It’s a movie to take your family too.
McFarland USA is about Coach Jim White noticing what his students were good at. They were runners. Pure and simple. He didn’t want to be on the football coaching team he wanted his own cross country team to take advantage of their skill. A sport he knew nothing about. Nothing except that this is what his students were excelling out. Not because of him but because of the life they lead.
Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny
Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis and Diana Maria Riva, and is directed by Niki Caro. “McFarland, USA” releases February 20, 2015.
Check out my other McFarland posts: Intro to McFarland, my first trip post of what we did and where we went and my first exclusive interview with Kevin Costner.
And my Big Hero 6 posts where I introduce the directors to you, Fresh off the Boat where we speak with the executive producer and my Bad Hair Day movie review post and interview with Leigh Allyn-Baker.