A few months ago, I had the privilege of previewing The Mighty Macs just before the movie hit theaters. This week I am reviewing the movie a second time in order to offer you the chance to win a DVD!
Here’s What the Publisher has to say:
About the Movie:
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!
We enjoyed watching The Mighty Macs as a family. We laughed out loud together over the some of the nuns’ antics. We got really serious during each game… we are serious about basketball :). I appreciate the fact that players prayed during the movie, Scripture was quoted, and faith was encouraged on screen. Though not Catholic myself, I was pleased with the overall faith content in the movie. My children were especially delighted to learn that this was a true story!
My Bottom Line: I think most families will enjoy watching this movie together and will appreciate the lack of cussing, violence or sexual content. The can-do attitude of the coach sets a great example, though somewhat feminist in nature. The historical value of the movie about the beginnings of girl’s basketball is also strong.
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