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Friday, October 21, 2011

Movie Review: The Mighty Macs

The Mighty Macs opens today in theaters across the U. S.  I got to pre-screen it yesterday as part of my affilliation with Propeller.  Check out this press release and then read my thoughts.


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:

Well, first of all, I think it's way cool to be able to see a movie before it even comes out in theaters.  Makes me feel so "plugged in."  LOL  Anyway, I did enjoy the movie.  Admittedly, it was pretty much the classic feel-good underdog sports team does good story.  Also, it seemed to have more of a TV movie than a theater movie feel.  (Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.  I have always said that I tend to prefer TV movies over theatrical releases.)  There were no real surprises, and it all worked out in the end.  However, I still got into it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Yes, even the moments of suspense when I pretty much knew the outcome.  :)  Compared to what is normally out there, this movie is a winner.  (No pun intended.)

I do have to give a bit of a warning.  For those of us very conservative stay-at-home mom types there is an overt femininst message.  You know, like follow your dreams, and don't waste your life as a homemaker.  I mean, they didn't come right out and say that, but there was that implication.  However, this wasn't even a full time job, and Cathy and her husband (who you might recognize as Booth if you're a Bones fan) didn't have children, so I didn't find it especially troubling.  Just wanted to get that out there in case this is something your family wouldn't be comfortable with.  Oh, and I should mention, this is based on a true story.  :)

Anyway, overall, I did enjoy the movie, and it did inspire me.  Okay, so for me, I was inspired to be a better wife and mom (and blogger?) and that's a good thing!

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