*I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Today is the day that McFarland USA is out in theaters! After screening this movie a couple of weeks ago, I have been anxiously waiting for this movie to arrive in theaters, so everyone can see how simply amazing this movie is. You will laugh..You will cry..You will leave the theatre with so many different emotions! However, I can assure you that no matter what, you will walk away totally mesmerized by how great of a family movie McFarland USA is.
McFarland USA is inspired by a 1987 true story that is moving, inspiration, and teaches that believing yourself pays off in the long run. It also showcases teamwork and the sheer determination needed to succeed in the life. All the life lessons and morals seen in McFarland USA will resonate with even the youngest of audiences. Being a runner, I was amazed that these boys had the drive and ambition in life to not only start running but succeed in winning the championship. This, of course, was owed in a big part to their mentor, coach, and friend Jim White (played by Kevin Costner). He took an unlikely band of inexperienced, under-equipped, young Latino runners with exceptional determination to rise to become cross-country state champions. Since winning their first title, McFarland High School cross country continued on to win nine state championships and made a huge name for themselves in the sport.
Directed by Niko Caro and starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Elsie Fisher, Carlos Pratts, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Michael Aguero & Rodrigo Ramirez , this is an ingenious family film that will make you tear up from the excitement of seeing how these boys persevered in their lives. This is an inspirational sports drama that showcases how important it is to believe in yourself. If you don’t, you will not succeed in anything in your life. Director Niko Caro also says that as parents, the American Dream is to see your kids succeed. This is seen readily in this movie. It is also the American Dream to see your kids do better for themselves and make it in life. This theme resonates throughout McFarland USA.
As a mom, I want to take my children to “feel good” movies where they can also learn important lessons about life. Although my kids are young, I think it is very important to expose them to different cultures and ways of life. In this way, they can truly appreciate what they have, because not everyone lives the way they do. This is seen with the impoverished town of McFarland. However, it shows even though there are cultural differences, what matters the most is believing in yourself. Success only happens from the person within.
This film has won over my heart and I hope it does for you too! Although I have seen it a few weeks back, I can’t wait to take my entire family again. This is a terrific movie that should not be missed at the box office. Enjoy McFarland USA! You are all in for a great treat!