1 hour, 40 minutes
G General Audiences.
Carla Gugino ...
David Boreanaz ...
Marley Shelton ...
Ellen Burstyn ...
Mother St. John
Katie Hayek ...
Phyllis Somerville ...
Jesse Draper ...
Lauren Bittner ...
Mary Margaret O'Malley
|Based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team, The Mighty Macs revolves around Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino),
a headstrong woman trying to coach in the 1970s when women simply
didn’t do such things. She’s married to NBA ref Ed Rush (David Boreanaz),
but much to his dismay, she doesn’t feel her place is in the
home. So she accepts a job at Immaculata College, a
small university run by nuns. The school has barely enough money to stay open, let alone a have a gym, good equipment or nice uniforms, but Cathy
scouts for tall girls during Sunday mass, and assembles a team.
Cathy looks more like disco Barbie than a no-nonsense sports coach
and the girls are slow to fall in line, still, after some humiliating losses
and some grueling practices, Cathy begins teaching the girls the
importance of teamwork and toughness. She also gets some help from an
unlikely assistant coach – a young, pretty nun named Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton).
While the team members are mostly one-dimensional, writer/director Tim Chambers
("Beloved") tries to give them some background: one girl’s too poor to wear a nice
dress for a team photo, another must overcome a bad breakup with a
little help from a Cathy pep-talk – but that’s pretty much it. The nuns are actually the best part of this movie. From Mother St. John (Ellen Burstyn), who’s desperately trying to save Immaculata from its financial demise, to Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) who finds her calling by helping the basketball
team, infusing the film with real
depth. Both are women with goals and dreams – who also like to have fun. Although it all seems a bit too familiar to similar movies, and it’s a bit
flimsy at times, but its heart’s in the right place. So go ahead, cheer
for the underdog. It'll make you feel good.