McFarland, USA

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Kevin Costner, Maria Bello. Directed by Niki Caro.

FILM SYNOPSIS:Not too far from the Mexican-California border lies the small town of McFarland, USA, one of this country’s poorest communities populated mostly by Mexican migrant farmers. Not exactly an ideal location for hot-tempered Coach Jim White (Costner) and his family, but with his career spiraling out of control, McFarland is his only choice. Hired to develop a football team, Coach White quickly learns that cross-country is where their hope lies. The local teenage boys rise before dawn, race to the fields miles away, pick the crops and race back to attend morning classes. Their journey begins, and what a trip it is!

PREVIEW REVIEW: Based on a true story, McFarland, USA is all about family. When a middle class white family is suddenly forced to adapt to a town of uneducated, non-English speaking citizens who pick vegetables for a living, the future seems dark indeed. Likewise, the townfolk, especially the teenage boys, look on the new coach with resentment. Coach’s wife Cheryl (Bello) and two daughters, Julie and Jamie (Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher) adjust more easily, finding their new neighbors very gracious. Coach balances disciplining the rebellious teens with encouraging them to excel on the field and in the classroom. The grueling training makes these boys men who can become champions. They learn respect for themselves and others, even when they are tormented by the big city teams.

McFarland, USA gives a rare insight into the hearts of our Mexican neighbors. They are hard-working, generous and gracious. Most of all, they know how to express joy as they share their music, laughter and food. Family comes first, and to them the town is their family. Once anxious to move on to a more upscale school as quickly as possible, the White family realizes McFarland is their forever home.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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Crude Language: Some exclamatory crude language

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Some profane language.

Violence: Some fighting among high school athletes; coach strikes student

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 128 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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