'McFarland, USA' is an inspiring, fleet-footed tale

February 19, 2015 9:08 PM

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An unapologetically inspirational Disney sports movie, "McFarland, USA" certainly sounds familiar, and to a certain extent it is. But a canny combination of elements unites with an unlikely true story to make this more effective than you might be expecting.

The based-on-fact narrative belongs to Jim White, played by Kevin Costner, a coach as Anglo-Saxon as his name. White started a high school cross-country team of Mexican-American kids at impoverished McFarland High School in California's Central Valley and helped it achieve an American Dream level of...

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