Tuesday, March 6, 2012

{Review} The Mighty Macs


Back in October I wrote up a review for The Mighty Macs just as it was coming to the theaters. Just recently, the movie was released on to DVD. 

It's hard to find family-friendly movies that you don't worry about having your children watch with you. I feel that The Mighty Macs is one of those types of movies. I especially like the fact that it's based on the true story of Cathy Rush. 

Cathy Rush was, as the promotional material states, "a woman ahead of her time." In 1971 it was still perceived that a woman attended college "to find a husband" and once married stayed home to be a housewife and mother. Cathy had other ideas. She wanted to "do something else with her life" first before becoming a mother. Shortly after marriage, she becomes the head coach for a small Catholic college, Immaculata College. 

Women's basketball was changing at this time in history. Previously it was played only on a half-court and it was not considered an aggressive sport. Having played five years of basketball in my younger days (eighth grade through senior year), I have to say, women's basketball is a full-on contact sport and just as aggressive as the men's play at times.

Cathy had her work cut out for her with this job. There wasn't even a gym for the team to practice in. They had to clean out the old recreation center in order to hold their first practice. The majority of the women quit because they found Cathy to be too hard of a coach or the game too aggressive for their liking. Needless to say, Cathy had to work hard to inspire a loosing team to find the heart and spirit to become champions.

I love this movie just as much watching it this time around. I jumped at the chance to review the DVD. Even my boys had a great time watching it with me. Yes, it's a sport movie about women's basketball, but it's also about friendship, teamwork, and how a coach can not only create a great team, but inspire them to be so much more. I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. This is a movie we'll watch over and over again.

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