Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Mighty Macs: A Movie Review



I recently had the wonderful opportunity of previewing The Mighty Macs. I had no idea what to expect from this film, but when I watched it I fell head over heels in love with it. This isn’t just one woman’s view, but my husband enjoyed the film just as much, if not more, than I did.

The setting is a tiny Catholic women’s’ college Philadelphia 1971. Immaculta College is looking for a coach and newly married Cathy Rush accepts the job. Mother Superior wants someone who will help the girls get some exercise to "suppress their hormones," while Kathy wants so much more for her team. As a woman ahead of her time, she wants her team to strive for perfection and to become competitive, in order to open up the doors of opportunity for them in the world of women’s’ basketball (which were basically non-existent until Cathy Rush came on the scene.)

Cathy’s ambitious goal is not without obstacles. She quickly learns there is no gymnasium on campus. She receives little support from the school’s Mother Superior. She then learns that the school is facing a serious financial crisis and may have to close its doors. To top things off, she may not even have enough players to form a team.

With the help of a spunky, athletic nun (a former college basketball player herself), Cathy is able to get together a team that she whips into shape. Spurred on by the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Cathy develops a new game plan that changes things radically for these women and for the school.

This is one of the best Catholic movies I have seen in a long time – it is reminiscent of the Bing Crosby films of the 50s. The difference is it is based on a true story. It is exciting, funny, and uplifting – a feel good film. It is definitely a must-see. I give it an A rating.

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