When I first learned that Disney was making a movie about a high school cross country team I was FLOORED. There’s no way a movie about this sport, MY SPORT, is going to be made. I ran XC in high school and let me tell you… it was NOT popular. In fact, a lot of my friends thought I was crazy to even THINK about running for fun.
So, when McFarland USA hit theaters I told my family just how important it was for me to watch it and how much I wanted them to watch it too. The movie isn’t about ME or MY team, but they can learn a lot about how I grew up and how cross country impacted my life growing up.
About the movie:
In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.
We laughed: The kids can relate to a lot of the characters in the movie stating they remind them of my family.
We cried: Oh how we cried. Or maybe it was just me crying? To see them overcome obstacles and circumstances to do something bigger than themselves was amazing. And Danny Diaz? THAT is the epitome of what a champion looks like in my eyes.
Someone who thinks of others.
Someone who has struggles.
Someone who thinks he may not be good enough.
Someone who overcomes all of it.. not just for him, but for his team and his family.
It truly is one of my FAVORITES!
Get to cookin’
After watching this, I’m ALWAYS craving my Momma’s Mexican cooking. If you get those cravings too…. you can’t have MY Momma’s cooking, but you can make tamales! Click below for the tamale recipe!
McFarland USA is now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack in stores now.
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