Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Mighty Macs Will Be In Theaters Friday, 10/21 @MightyMacsMovie

The Mighty Macs

The Mighty Macs - an Inspiring True Story

  • In Theaters Friday, 10/21/11
  • Rated G
  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Written and Directed by Tim Chambers
  • A Quaker Media Production
  • Starring Carla Gugino, Ellyn Burstyn, and Marley Shelton
I recently had the opportunity to preview the movie The Mighty Macs, which will be debuting in theaters tomorrow, Friday, October 21st.

What an absolutely uplifting and refreshing story!  It also has the added benefit of having many teachable themes.  This is a movie that is great for family viewing and discussion.

Based on a true story, the film takes us back to the early 70's.  The news of the day includes President Nixon, the Vietnam War and the feminist movement.

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Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) is a newlywed with a husband who's job takes him out of town.  She was also an excellent basketball player in school.  Although her potential was never appreciated, her spirit, enthusiasm, and love of the game refused to go away.  In the 1970's the cultural norm would be for her to stay home and begin a family, but she applied for a job as the women's basketball coach at tiny, all girl, Immaculata Catholic College in Philidelphia instead.

It certainly was not a dream job! The team has no uniforms, no equipment, and they don't even have a gym to play in!  The girls are talented, but they have no cohesiveness.  After all, college in the 70's was what girls did while they waited to get married!  Coach Rush binds them to each other, teaches them teamwork, non-quitting spirit, trust, faith, and what lies in the heart of a winner.  Not just in basketball, but in life.

With the help of a young nun, Sister Sunday, (Marley Shelton) Coach Rush proceeds to foster the team through an amazing Cinderella season.  As a bonus, the success of the basketball program also saves the financially ailing college from its demise.

Witnessing the relentless pursuit of perfection coupled with the refusal to accept obstacles certainly equipped these girls for life in a changing world.  (the evidence of this can be seen in the blurbs at the end, which detail the "what happened next" for the coach and her team)

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The characters are well cast, and believable in their roles.  I felt that the Catholic Church and the College were well represented.  I was glad to see the nuns portrayed as loving and human. (and a great booster club!)   The story of the team is heartwarming and the sub-plots are interesting, but not distracting.

The G-Rating is pretty solid.  There was one scene where Coach Rush and Sister Sunday have an adult beverage together.  While they wait for their food order, a man has a conversation with them that has some slight innuendo.  In another scene, some local boys come in to help the girls practice, and Mother Superior (Ellyn Burstyn) becomes upset when she notices that there is some body contact.  There is no profanity, nothing vulgar, and no hidden agendas in the plot.  I found this to be a refreshing respite at a time when most movies are pushing the envelope as far as possible in regard to what they can include and still keep a rating below R.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I recommend this movie.  I hope it does well in the theaters, because I believe a good box office draw for uplifting family movies is why we are starting to see more of them.

Learn more about the award winning movie, The Mighty Macs by visiting the website,, liking The Mighty Macs on Facebook, or following The Mighty Macs on Twitter.

I was given the opportunity to watch an online screening of this movie in order to write an honest, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post.