Family-Friendly Entertainment

Mighty Macs Movie Review

10/18/11

The Mighty Macs is opening in theaters this Friday, Oct. 21st!    This rated G family-friendly movie will entertain sports fans of various ages.









ABOUT THE MOVIE "The Mighty Macs":

It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time ... and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball.
In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.

Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.

From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team!

While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.
Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!




My Thoughts:


I have never attended an online screening of a movie, but this was a fun experience!  (I would have been able to enjoy the movie a bit more if I didn't have a few technical difficulties with my internet; apparently my bandwidth is a little too slow).    Technology is amazing, let me tell you, because this busy mama was able to watch this movie from the comfort of home on the computer with hubby while The Attic baby was sleeping.  Dinner and movie date night for two busy parents!  Love it!  

It was so refreshing to see a movie that is family-friendly without any sexual dialogue, violence, or language.  Yes, these kinds of movies can be done and be entertaining!  I am not a big basketball fan, but even I enjoyed this true story of a team of girls working together to achieve their dreams.  This little-known team that came from a struggling Catholic college was able to go beyond what they could have imagined thanks to the help of a faithful female coach.  What is significant about that is that this was during the 1970's, when women's sports was not a big priority at schools as it is today.

I love Carla Gugino's acting chops.  She brings spunk and toughness and a "We will do it" attitude to the role of the coach.  Her character will not accept failure, a trait that is admirable and desirable in a role model.  I also love how she passes out motivating pins to everyone, including Mother Superior at the college (I won't tell you exactly what that is about because it might spoil it!)

This is a feel-good movie that you can sit down and watch with your family.  I'd recommend it for children who are ten and up as it might not keep younger children's interest.




Connect:

Find out more about the movie The Mighty Macs on the website.  You can also like the Mighty Macs Facebook page and follow the updates on the movie's twitter page.


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