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Movie Review | McFarland USA [2015]

'Welcome to McFarland. This is a farming town. These kids working here are invisible. They come from the fields and they go back to the fields. These are good kids, smart kids. They just need a chance at a better future. Mr. White, if we're going to reach them, now is the time.' [Lupe]

McFarland USA is not your typical sports drama. This inspirational movie is based on actual events. A sense of realism and heart is portrayed via the issues of prejudice and discrimination in the poverty-stricken Mexican-American farming community of McFarland. The year is 1987. Coach Jim White (played by Kevin Costner) comes to McFarland to coach football but ends up coaching 7 Hispanic teenagers into competitive cross country runners. This humbling true story shows what possibilities can take place through perseverance and sacrifice. The movie portrays the importance of families and the strength and support of community. 'No-one stays in McFarland unless they have to. There 'aint nothing American dream about this place.' [Thomas]



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