McFarland, titled McFarland, USA in, well, the USA, follows the Inspirational Disney Movie Formula right down to a title that begins with the letter M, but it competently meets the average bar set by its predecessors and raises it a little higher whenever it can. Carrying the bar through every minute of McFarland is the strong performance by Kevin Costner, who takes the true story of Coach Jim White and runs with it as grand star vehicle. Costner, fresh off a great performance in the similarly feel good Black or White, looks to be on the verge of his own Disney-ish McConnaissance as he offers a one-two punch of solid dramatic work. His wise, scraggly, and hearty coach is the stuff of Hoosiers lore, and he’s bound to be everyone’s dad’s hero of the year. He doesn’t waste a frame of the film.
Rating: ★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
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