The Mighty Macs DVD Review/Giveaway

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time ... and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball.

In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.

Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.
From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team!

While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.

Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!
This is a tale that is based upon actual events. As are most stories worth taking to a studio and breathing life into for the world to see, it is emotion-packed, inspirational, motivational, and fascinating.

I am happy that I was selected to review this film, as it might have passed me by had I not. Cathy Rush answered the call for a coaching job of an all but non-existant women's basketball program at Sister Immaculata school. Her husband is a professional referee, but does nothing to support her initially. On her own, at first, she sets off on a crusade of sorts that begins with rallying the unlikely team. She faces nothing but one obstacle after the next, she overcomes each of them with determination and resolve, setting an example of refusing to fail that ultimately rubs off on the team. 

The acting in this movie was top-notch, several characters were very relatable to people I have met in my life. The situation, again, is based on a true story, so it is obviously relatable, but it reminds me of a story of a local high school who's girl's team was known for their bad record every year. Just like in the movie and unlikely coach brought the team from their losing spell through pure motivation, not just direction. They went from winning only one game the year before to winning most of the next year's games. This, perhaps is the biggest achevment made by this film, people are capable of doing extraordinary things, but first they have to believe in themselves and sometimes, this takes a special person. Cathy Rush was that person for Immaculata.

The scenes are heavily focused on dialogue, particularly motivational dialogue that will pluck your heartstrings. This is where the excellent script is allowed to shine. At no point does the dialogue seem recycled in anyway. Each character has a different personality and reacts as such to different situations. Everything seems so real and believable. 

This movie is great I would recommend it to anyone. It is appropriate for all ages and audiences. Pick it up and check it out. It is a perfect example of how any obstacle can be overcome, no matter how unlikely it may seem. 

Where to purchase: You are able to purchase The Mighty Macs DVD from Amazon for $14.99. a Rafflecopter giveaway 


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