Movie Review: McFarland USA


This is a great sports movie story and showed how difficult it is for some people to coach high school sports or for that matter to teach high school. In this story, Kevin Costner’s character is fired as a Football head coach after an incident with a student and then it seems is desperate to find work anywhere. He winds up in a very southern California town called McFarland which is mostly Mexican and somehow starts a long distance running program in the school and then trains them into being State champions. You have to admire the true story here and the perseverance after a major career blow as a high school football coach is able to turn things around in not only his career as a coach but for this high school in a very poor area.

However, the problem with this movie is that its too boring in too many spots and drags on in some areas too long. Considering the great story and the inspiration here, its a shame there were not many more scenes showing more exciting races or inspirational speeches by Kevin Costner.

Overall I do recommend this movie, but considering the long and boring areas in this movie, its only a marginal thumbs up.

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