Friday, October 21, 2011

The Mighty Macs

The Mighty Macs opens in theaters nationwide today. My high schooler and I had the opportunity to preview the movie online last weekend. (There's something really neat about getting to view a movie before it is released. *grin*) Yes, the opportunity was free to us and it was for the specific purpose for telling you about the movie on my blog. I am not paid for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.

The press release does a super job of explaining the plot:


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 high schooler and I really enjoyed the movie. My laptop was having some hiccups (we are having problems with it) and we had to reboot it twice during the show - even though we were pretty sure we knew how the move would end, we both were anxious to get the show going again so we could see how the story played out. Yes, it's predictable, and it is predictable without being boring.

I was in elementary school in 1971; women were not playing a whole lot of basketball or sports that men played. The movie is interesting to me as I think about how many more opportunities there are for women in sports today.

The Mighty Macs is rated G, is for the whole family, and my girl and I enjoyed it. Every time we see a commercial on TV for the movie, we look at one another and grin from our shared experience.

You may watch a trailer here:

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