Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Mighty Macs DVD Review and Giveaway

Carla Gugino stars as Cathy Rush, the head coach for the first all women's basketball champions, in this inspiring and exciting true story.  Cathy Rush is  a newly married woman who is hired to coach basketball at an all girls Catholic school in 1971.  She is spunky, creative, daring and passionate.  She is also ahead of her time.  No one, especially her husband, believes she has any potential with her group of misfit girls who become all star athletes.  She tries unconventional practice moves and promotes team unity and spirit.  When the team wins Nationals in 1972, Cathy's hope becomes reality.

I loved this movie!  I like to see stories that show transformation not only of the main character, but also others as well.  No one believed in Cathy at the beginning, but by the end everyone was on her side.  Her strength and  determination made her a natural achiever.  And after watching the bonus features for how the film was made, I was pleased to see that there are cameo appearances of Ed Rush (her husband), members of the original team (some of the nuns) and Cathy Rush herself!  This is truly a fun and family friendly film for sports lovers and anyone else (that's me!).


Production Synopsis: 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!

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Lane Hill House said...

Too funny! This looks good. I would like to watch this movie.

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

I can't wait to see this and thanks so much for the review and the chance to win this :)

Jackie said...

This looks like a great movie for a family movie night. From your review, it sounds like a fun movie, yet it teaches a lesson.

Unknown said...

Great review , and great inspiring story , Thank you !

MomRedding said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. It looks like a great movie and I would love to see it!

Anonymous said...

Great Movie. Took my 8th grade girls high school feeder team to watch it. They loved it. I plan to show it to my daughters travel team at nationals this year. We always have movie nights showing nothing but inspirational movies. Maybe this year this will help us dig deep in the idea of trust and team to make it all the way.

apple blossom said...

this looks like a wonderful movie. I wanted to review it but got in too late. would love to win it thanks.

Anonymous said...

Be Not Afraid!! The Mighty Macs will entertain the entire family:) You'll laugh, smile, nod,and applaud. You'll cheer with the bucket brigade: GO MACS GO...a must see!

peterg201 said...

I would like to win this, to give it to my Mom who worked at a all-girl school run by nuns.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this movie it is so hard to find good movies to watch thanks for the giveaway