The Mighty Macs

2009 G 1h 39m DVD

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The Mighty Macs

2009 G 1h 39m DVD
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Based on true events, this drama tells the story of Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino), who becomes the head women's basketball coach at Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and whips the team into shape to win the first women's basketball national championship. David Boreanaz co-stars as Cathy's husband, NBA referee Ed Rush, with Marley Shelton as a nun and assistant coach, and Ellen Burstyn as Mother Superior.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Carla Gugino
  • Marley Shelton
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • David Boreanaz
  • Katie Hayek
  • Kim Blair
  • Margaret Anne Florence
  • Taylor Steele
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this family-friendly sports tale is based on the true story of Cathy Rush, who coached the basketball team of a tiny Catholic women's college near Philadelphia to national glory. There's nothing objectionable in this G-rated drama, but there are a couple of themes that may go over the head of very young viewers, like the mentions of feminism and marriage and college financing. But the actual story of the girls' practicing, becoming a cohesive team, and competing against area rivals should inspire kids to keep working hard to achieve their own athletic and personal goals, even if the odds don't seem in their favor.

Sexual Content

A few hugs and one quick kiss between a married couple, and a tame discussion about marriage and weddings. One character has her heart broken, but her boyfriend is never seen in the film. A nun out of her habit accepts a beer from an interested pub patron.

Violence

Not applicable

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Several positive messages, particularly for girls. The fact that Cathy, despite being married, chooses to take a coaching job to pursue her passion for basketball shows that women don't need to rely on a husband to fulfill all their dreams. Cathy's perseverance in the face of difficulty is also an example that you should never give up, even when things aren't going your way. The girls' commitment to the Macs is an important lesson in teamwork and collaboration. The fact they're willing to wake up early, sweat, and give it their all is what sports -- and discipline -- should be about for kids.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cathy and Sister Sunday each have a pint at a pub.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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