MCFARLAMD, USA (PG)
Directed by: Niki Caro.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz.
The pitch: A coach having trouble finding a job ends up in McFarland where he starts a cross country team. The athletes learn there is a way out of the back-breaking work in the fields, The Coach learns a lesson about family.
The formula: Come to the line with “Chariots of Fire.” Take a lap with “Running.” Finish strong with “Transcend.”
Go see it: It’s worth your time even if you don’t like sports movies. The running is just a backdrop to a story about family, loyalty, hope and redemption.
Don’t go see it: If you prefer movies with big car crashes.
Down the road: McFarland is 85 miles from Fresno. You can see some of the locations where the movie was shot.