Looking for a movie perfect for the whole family? Put "The Mighty Macs" on the top of your list.
Set in 1971, the movie is based on the true story of a tiny college women's basketball team and their remarkable journey to the first ever national women's basketball championship.
Enter Cathy Rush. While society would have her stay at home, Cathy takes a job as Immaculate College women's basketball coach.
Although the school is in dire financial straights – with no money for sports and no gymnasium to practice in, Cathy doesn't let that stop her. Against all odds, Cathy takes a team of misfits and coaches them to success.
My daughter and I loved this movie! It was family friendly and definitely one that we can not wait to re-watch with the rest of our family. While most sports movies showcase males or a men's team, it was nice that the sports shoe was on the female foot this time.
My daughter writes, "Even if you aren't a sports fan, there is so much more to this movie than defense and dribbling a basketball. This film has given me with such an insight into my life; its meaning and inspiration has overflowed into my own life, giving me encouragement to reach my own dreams. The Mighty Macs gives you the opportunity to peek into the journey that Cathy went through - to not only prove to the world that the impossible does happen, but to teach her girls that winning a basketball game isn’t the only dream they could accomplish."
More Than a Sports Movie
We will have to warn you to not expect a "feel good and move on with your life" movie.
This motion picture has so much more to give; it's more than just a sports movie, an underdog movie, or a "here today, forgotten tomorrow" story.
This movie's story was so believed in, that the producer/director, Tim Chambers spent millions of his own money to produce and direct this film.
He even turned down a deal with Disney! Disney, which touts itself as "family-friendly", wanted to add course language in it which would change the film's rating from G to PG. A PG rating = more money... of course. Instead of caving in to monetary gain, Tim Chambers remained true to his convictions.
The Story Behind the Movie
Tim Chamber did a fantastic job both as director and producer. While some family-friendly movies can look low-budget; this movie doesn't exhibit any typical low-budget characteristics. The story behind this movie is pretty remarkable too.
The movie took three years to release. Just as Cathy Rush faced and overcame many obstacles, Tim Chambers weathered the 2008 economy, filmed around the cancer treatment of one of the supporting actresses and ignored pressure from the film industry to stay true to his vision. Mighty Macs is truly an inspiring story on many levels; one that will inspire your family and encourage family discussion, once the movie is over.
The Mighty Macs Trailer
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