This film evokes triumph with a heartwarming spirit.
Kevin Costner is remarkable as Jim White, the newly hired teacher and football coach at McFarland High School. Maria Bello is strong as Cheryl, Jim’s wife who helps the family adjust to their new surroundings. Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar and Michael Aguero play the members of the cross country team and anchor this film with their performances.
While this film carries the formuliac Disney “based on a true story” style, it tells the culture, customs and the life of the people of McFarland and how the White family learned about it. Also, the struggles the boys face in their family that keep them from the pursuit of something greater, mostly which is being a part of the team.
The film is directed by Niki Caro (a woman!), who gives the scenic view of McFarland as the place and through the lives of the characters