It is a tricky business adapting true stories. Or this has been an observation. Anything that has a tag as a true story means filmmakers take real people and attempt to tell the story of their life. I have seen some that have been near perfection, and others that fail. This seventies-era title, The Mighty Macs, may not be popular among these, but it is good.
The Mighty Macs (2009) Film Review
Being a home-maker is not the only thing Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) wants from life. Although she’s a newlywed whose NBA referee husband (David Boreanaz) believes she wants to be home, Cathy is a woman ahead of her time. Her desire to be different leads her to apply for coaching jobs at a select few colleges. With no experience, she’s shocked to get an interview at Immaculata College. An all-girls Catholic college, Cathy is get the job without many questions but Mother St. John (Ellen Burskyn) doesn’t offer her a place to teach her too few players.
In charge of admissions, Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) has doubts about her faith, her life, her purpose. She asks God to show her again if her decisions are right before all is lost. Not long after, she is asked to help coach the basketball team. Despite her uncertainly, Sister Sunday feels a tug towards this new endeavor as the memories of her former life begin to creep in.
FILM REVIEW | Go on a Journey in ‘Rip Tide,’ a Good Movie‘THE MIGHTY MACS’ (2009). A review of the film about Cathy Rush. #Movies #WhattoWatch #FWArchives Click To Tweet
This may be an underrated title, but as I did say at the start, it’s solid. Everything gets off to the right start, with some snazzy filming, and the acting is decent along with three unfamiliar actresses’. Based on the real events surrounding the 1971 girls’ basketball team, this is a movie that will resonate with old and young alike. Anyone who has played this sport will probably have some comedic flashbacks to the work it takes or countless drills you run, and adults will appreciate the depth of a true story and the twists life sometimes throws our way.
Written and directed by a less experienced filmmaker, Tim Chambers, the script and direction is impressive. Viewers will chuckle over uniform reactions, and in turn be touched by the simple way the girls make a teammate feel loved. Despite not being a lover of “all things 70’s,” I did love most of Cathy’s wardrobe. Something about it is just cool. The scarves, classic lines and colors are perfect for screen, and suit the actress well.
Some true stories can be tedious, or overlong, this one doesn’t seem to fall into those traps. It’s one that teaches to never give up on dreams, and the reward that can – sometimes – follow determination.
(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Read the disclosure page for details. If you have purchased anything through our links, thank you. We’re grateful.)
You can find The Mighty Macs digitally on Amazon Video
Content: One scene shows two women having a beer – one of which is a nun. There are some mild tricks and/or fibs. Cathy invites a group of boys to play against the girls in practice is considered “scandalous.” There is some minor flirting. The film is G.