McFarland, USA

2015, Drama/Biography, 2h 9m

133 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix. Read critic reviews

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Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California's Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys' exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions.

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  • Jun 19, 2016
    McFarland USA undeniably means well. It's sweet and charming, but like most inspirational sports movies, there is not a single surprise or unpredictable story beat in this film. It is very much an underdogs rising up to victory tale. The script also falls flat with the scenes involving Costner's wife, feeling awkward and labored. McFarland USA will choke up undemanding viewers, but there isn't enough in it to be remembered as a great sports film. Rating: 59
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2016
    A great feel good sports story with the right amount of drama, humor, and the true story it was based upon
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2016
    Disney hits the right notes with this based on true events sports drama in which Costner proves he still has acting ability and the story is uplifting and moving. The young actors are all talented and Maria Bello has some nice moments as Costner's supportive wife. Director Niki Caro paces the film extremely well and the photography is stunning. A true feel good movie! 02-02-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2015
    An excellent, realistic but feel-good film. This is another classic sports film from Disney that will make you feel a range of emotions. You will be rooting for this team so hard by the end of the film. Check this movie out.
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