(See? moments. But Valente Rodriguez Regardless, the Whites decide to live in McFarland instead of Jim making the commute from nearby Bakersfield, where most of the school's Caucasian teachers live. For them to gel as coach and team members, they will have to understand the other better and fully embrace the opportunities. uplift bona fides with her first feature, 2002’s “Whale Rider,” brings huge | For Language, Thematic Material and Some Violence, when you purchase 3 participating Suave products 9/1-10/31 at Walmart or Walmart.com. And it’s also pretty clear that the Latino community around them isn’t enthused about their arrival either. Sign up for a FANALERT® and be the first to know when tickets and other exclusives are available in your area. good about feeling good about. Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger breaks them down with a little help from Adam Scott. Fandango helps you go back to the movies with confidence and peace of mind. academia and media find this irritating, with good reason, and despite its Costner’s uncanny evocation of Gary Cooper masculinity and Gregory for granted. With grit and determination, Coach White's unlikely band of runners eventually overcome the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team, but an endearing legacy as well. To make it Jim White, a school football coach at odds with the system and players, takes a job as an assistant football coach at McFarland. Pratt as the troubled, gentle, and lightning-fast Thomas, and Ramiro Rodriguez While the school's football team is as bad as most that he has coached, the one thing he does notice is that out of necessity many of the boys have the stamina to run long distances quickly. Peck compassion in the role of coach Jim White is the glue that holds it McFarland, USA (2015) Plot Summary (5) Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. and coach whose passionate temper gets him fired from a series of gigs in the McFarland, USA is absolutely incredible and a movie everyone should see. With the likes of The Rookie, Miracle, Secretariat and Million Dollar Arm under its belt, the House of Mouse has demonstrated it can find that winning family blend—something that appeals to moms and dads while keeping it clean and inspirational for the kids. Enter disgraced high-school coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), who in 1987 moves his wife (Maria Bello) and two daughters to McFarland to teach gym. And he encourages the boys to reach for physical and educational goals they never thought they could attain. story. He gets interested in building up a cross-country team, but has to adjust his ways to suit the system. movie, a live-action based-on-a-true-story inspirational tale of school sports, parents and other family members with produce-picking, he resolves to create a One of the seniors on his football team in Boise, Id., was mouthing off and negatively impacting the team. We see the real coach and team running by a hill, all of them now grown men. As the boys manage to reach one goal after another on the march to the state championships, their newfound support as a collective may be threatened by the realities of McFarland and Jim catching the attention of other, more prestigious schools in predominantly white, upper middle class communities. In fact, as he, his wife and their two girls are driving into town for the first time, youngest daughter Jamie can’t keep herself from gasping out, “Are we in Mexico?” And that’s a question the coach was almost wondering himself. several decades about “white messiah” narratives: stories in which the well done here, thanks in no small part to the superb direction of Niki Caro. California Former detective depicted in ‘McFarland, USA’ is sentenced to five years in prison Damacio Diaz, whose story was told in a Disney movie about a … There he discovers buried potential in several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings them closer than even he could ever imagine. based-on-a-true-story status, “McFarland, USA” could very well be just such a Beyond not respecting Mr. White who they mockingly call Blanco or Homey, the boys see running cross country, a team which Jim wants to establish at McFarland despite he having no history coaching runners, as an activity of the country club set.  Danny Diaz was not overweight. economic realities of his environment and the privilege that he’s long taken Hey, if this job is going to be nothing but an uphill slog, maybe he can convince some students to join him in the run. “and she saves him back” trope of “Pretty Woman,” but more along the lines of a He helps his team members on and off the practice field. produced by Disney. Of course, the shoe incident was a kick too far. five and Jim can’t get a burger, the teacher is almost immediately assailed by Jim White (Costner) finds his days as a football coach numbered when an incident with a player leads to his dismissal. Jim does whatever he can to get the key boys in any way he can to be the core of the needed seven member team. He did not arrive at McFarland on his last leg after being fired. As White steers his initially ragtag crew to victory after Parents Guide. Along the way, Jim and his family realize that they finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream. And he’s not averse to verbally, um, pushing his players if he thinks it’ll help get their heads on straight. victory, he attracts the attention of tonier towns and schools, presenting a | McFarland, USA Synopsis Novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White. McFarland, USA (also known as McFarland) is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Niki Caro, produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson with music composed by Antônio Pinto. also outstanding, bringing un-stereotypical life to their archetypal roles. Well, the shoe bounced off a locker and nicked the mouthy kid’s cheek with one of its cleats.  McFarland HS is not located across the street from a prison. Particularly Costner fans. Despite his chafing at his fish-out-of-water status, White also gives a damn, Yes, there’s a certain predictable, formulaic feel to this cross-cultural cross-country drama about a beleaguered teacher inspiring young kids beyond their own expectations. Because, finally, “McFarland, USA” is a paean to family and community. means he needs to give a little of himself. The family feel like they don't fit into their new community, but White has an epiphany one day when he sees his students running from their early-morning farming jobs to school: Why not channel their talents into running cross-country track? Costner’s Jim White is a high school teacher The boys went off to college, and some, including Thomas Valles, the Diaz brothers, and Johnny Sameniego, went on to teach at the McFarland schools. Rated PG Kevin Costner as Jim White; Maria Bello as Cheryl; Morgan Saylor as Julie; Elsie Fisher as Jamie; Carlos Pratts as Thomas; Hector Duran as Johnny Sameniego. as far as I’m concerned, is a feel-good movie that pretty much anyone can feel In the movie McFarland USA, which is based on the true story of a white man, Mr. White, who moved his family from the Midwest to McFarland, California (a small town near Bakersfield). A member writes a poem for class about feeling like a “god” when running. and pre-teen, in a town where the rooster next door wakes everyone up before Tear-jerking ones, too. But he’s certainly never backed down from a shouting match if some other teacher or school board member gets all up in his grill. He, his wife Cheryl White, and their daughters, mid-teen Julie White and preteen Jamie White, have only lived in largely white homogeneous environments, so when Jim accepts the only job he can get as life sciences and phys ed teacher and assistant football coach at McFarland High School in Central California, they are somewhat ill-prepared mentally for the relatively poor conditions and the largely homogeneous Hispanic population in the town, most of their neighbors Mexican immigrants who work as pickers in the surrounding agricultural fields.