Don’t judge so quickly, coach

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

When the coach played by Kevin Costner in “McFarland, USA” takes one look at the the situation he’s gotten he and his family into, he’s an unhappy fellow.

But then Jim White learns he shouldn’t just assume stuff, a pretty good lesson for a man who’s a teacher.

And by the time the Disney movie about a group of real-life cross-country runners from a tiny town in California is over, this critic is quite certain it’s best to not to assume that every sports film to come down the pike is going to completely fit a certain stereotype.

You can read my weekly Film Review blog today on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.

http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/run-fast-see-mcfarland-usa/

Are you ready for a film about a cross-country team? Do you have a certain predisposition about sports films? What’s your favorite Kevin Costner sports film, and why?

37 thoughts on “Don’t judge so quickly, coach

  1. Thanks for the thumbs up on this film, Mark. Our family watches pretty much every sports movie (esp. baseball) there is and I’m sure we would eventually catch this one. But now we’ll put it to the top of the list.

    Cactus League about to start. Consider yourself and Karen invited πŸ˜€

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  2. Mark, I confess I skimmed your review because I hate knowing ANYthing about a film I may see, but now I want to see the film on the strength of two things: Your recommendation, and that you said that the audience spontaneously applauded. Pretty strong evidence this is worth a watch. Thank you!

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  3. I love any movie about an underdog . . . gets me every time!! I had already planned to see this, & now will for sure with your thumbs up, Mark πŸ˜‰ Enjoyed your review!!
    Saw “The Judge”, too – loved it, but kind of expected that πŸ™‚

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  4. My dad is not into costner but he’s looking fwd to this movie and now I find your review. I think the universe might be urging me to catch this one. Thanks for another thoughtful rundown, hermano!

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  5. This was a trailer that nabbed me–absolutely want to see. And your review has seconded things, so thanks for that! Reminded me a bit–in the preview–of Cool Runnings, though not as goofball. Underdog team does their community proud. And who doesn’t like to sit and watch other people run? πŸ˜€

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  6. I’m glad you gave this one a good review MBM. I am looking forward to eventually seeing this. I don’t have a favorite Costner movie (sports or otherwise). I usually like him no matter what. I’m looking forward to this because it is ‘real’ and now that you say it has the follow up to their stories in it, I’m more intrigued.

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  7. Yes, I would have liked to use the sneak preview tickets my Columbus Dispatch friend, Gary gave me through the mail, but grandkids had their little art and music Chili Winter Family Night. I sent my clerk from work with her boyfriend and they absolutely recommended it. So glad you agree and gave this a great review. I would see Kevin Costner in any movie, I loved “Draft Day,” just last week watched it. My favorite one is a corny one, “Message in a Bottle,” because it has Kevin C. and Paul Newman plays his father, too. My second favorite would be, “The Bodyguard” with Whitney Houston… smiles!

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  8. i like that they show what happened to the real people, like ‘the blind side.’ yes, i’d see a cross-country film, it can be about any sport really, it’s all in the story and the inspiration. my favorite kevin film is ‘bull durham.’

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  9. It’s funny because I’m currently enrolled in a writing class and had to critique a fellow classmates short story about race car driving. I told him that I normally wouldn’t be interested in anything sports related unless there was a strong understory. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like my classmate offered one. Perhaps this movie does.

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  10. Sounds like my kind of movie, Mark. Thanks to you, now I’m ready for it. And two of my favorite sports films are “Bang the Drum Slowly” and “Bull Durham.” Perhaps I have a predisposition towards baseball films.

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