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09:32 AM - 02/11/2015

The topic: Advanced screening: “McFarland USA”



We saw this last night. What a great, uplifting movie. Brian ran cross country in high school, so I thought he might relate. When we left the theater, he told me he liked the movie more than he thought he would. And we talked about it on the way home, him telling me about running cross country when he was a kid. I love when he does this.

Coach White (Costner) has a rough time holding a job. His last chance is at a high school in McFarland, California, a small farming town, mostly populated by Mexican immigrants.

White, who has no experience in cross country, has realized while watching the class take a lap that there is the possibility of a team in the making. And through much determination, he makes it happen.

I walked away from this movie with a newfound respect for the men, women and children who work in the fields. And I like how the story shows more of the closeness of the Mexican community, how welcoming they were to Coach White and his family. 

I recommend this movie. It's a Disney film. No swearing, sex or stuff like that. Oh, and of course, being a Disney movie, there are a couple of scenes where you can hear sniffling in the theater. Like the first time the team sees the Pacific Ocean. Very touching. 

See it. You won't be sorry. 

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