“The Mighty Macs” is a great family film that is in theaters this weekend.
My family pre-viewed it this week and we loved it!
The movie is rated “G” and stars Carla Gugino as Cathy Rush; David Boreanaz as her husband, NBA referee Ed Rush; Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday; and Academy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John.
The film was written, directed, and produced by Tim Chambers. The film’s executive producers are Pat Croce, the former president of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, and Vince Curran, a successful businessman and former basketball star at Penn. Curran and Chambers are founders and partners of Quaker Media.
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!
THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women’s basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game. And Cathy Rush, the woman who was ahead of her time, became immortalized when she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The movie is well done and funny. The main characters and their interactions are not “deep” , but they are admirable as they are developed throughout the movie. The viewer is drawn into becoming invested in the “Macs” through the characters and the plot and we started rooting for them to excel right away.
I am not “into” sports, but I always like an “underdog” film and this movie has lots more to offer than just cool sports footage! I especially was thrilled with the trip down the 70’s memory lane- into the days of Plaid Pants & VW buses and the “Chucks” I always wanted to wear, but never owned, because they were not considered “ladylike” by my mother :)
I loved that it was based on a true story and that my teenaged daughter had a brief glance into some of the culture of that era. The film portrayed very well the “cultural norms” that young women had to overcome, as they sought to balance dreams of home and family with dreams of success in their field, professionally. The movie portrayed the thoughts and feelings of the time period without being overly sexist or overtly feminist either.
At the end of the film, we see pictures of the real teammates and how they went on to make an impact in the culture of women’s sports and leave a legacy for the young women of today. Their biographies also show us clearly women who were also blessed with families!
These women (and their coach) very simply wanted to be the best at what they did and the movie highlights their tenacity and hard work, as well as their talents!
I recommend the movie and encourage you to join with me in support of this family friendly film by going to see it in a theater near you or getting it on DVD when it is available!
Below you can go to see the Trailer, or you can click on the “Mighty Macs” pic at the top ↑ of the page to go to the website and find out more about the actors and film:
Disclosure Statement: I received a link to pre-view this film free of charge. No further compensation was received. This movie review is my opinion only, but I do not promote materials or products unless I would use them myself or feel that they have value to my readers!
- The Mighty Macs. A Family Film. (cmcsarchchicago.wordpress.com)
- Movie Review | ‘The Mighty Macs': Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn in ‘The Mighty Macs’ – Review (movies.nytimes.com)
- Immaculata _ the first women’s basketball dynasty (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- MOVIE REVUE: The Mighty Macs, an underdog fairy tale (therogersrevue.wordpress.com)
- The Mighty Macs: An intervue with coach Cathy Rush (therogersrevue.wordpress.com)