Film Series: McFarland USA

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McFarland, USA

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Rossmoor residents and friends are cordially invited to attend a film program sponsored by the Democratic Club on Monday March 11th from 1:00pm – 3:15pm in Peacock Hall. The featured film this month is the bio-sport drama  McFarland, USA (2015).

Directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Chris Cleveland, the film stars Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. After losing his job as a football coach, Jim White (Costner) and his family come to one of the poorest cities in America: McFarland, California. There he discovers several Latino high school boys who he eventually coaches into championship cross-country runners!  

Film critic Stephen Farber suggests that the “film portrays thoughtful directing by New Zealander Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and features a largely Latino ensemble with an appealing performance by Kevin Costner. In his review, James Berardinelli writes that “although McFarland is primarily comprised of Mexican immigrants, it becomes apparent that the film is as much about McFarland saving Jim White as it is about him infusing the town with a sense of pride and self-worth. Achieving this balance allows the film to come across as genuinely inspirational!” 

The film runs 2 hours and offers subtitles. Film enthusiast Lynne Thorner will facilitate an engaging and interactive post-viewing discussion that explores the movie’s significance. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to Lynne at [email protected]