Wednesday, February 04, 2015

'McFarland, USA' Review

There are few pleasures quite like watching Kevin Costner in a sports movie. (I've written about this before.) But his latest, McFarland, USA, is almost a little too comfortable. It's based on a true story: In the late 1980s, a white football coach, Jim White, started a cross-country team in a small Latino community, bridging cultural divides in the process. Sure, it's inspiring, but it's also rather rote. I reviewed the film for Screen International.