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"THE MIGHTY MACS"
(2011) (Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton) (G)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A liberated woman of the early 1970s overcomes long odds and various obstacles as she becomes the coach at an all-girls Catholic college and tries to rebuild and take the basketball team to the national championship.
PLOT:
It's 1971 and Cathy Rush (CARLA GUGINO) wants to be something more than just the stay at home wife and future mother to the children of her NBA ref husband, Ed (DAVID BOREANAZ). Accordingly, she applies for and gets the head coach position of the women's basketball team at Immaculata College, mainly because she's the only applicant for the job. Run by Mother St. John (ELLEN BURSTYN) and other nuns, the college is in such financial straits that the school's board is considering selling it to developers for the land, and there's no money to replace the gym that burned down or update the girl's game outfits.

Learning that one of the nuns in training -- Sister Sunday (MARLEY SHELTON), who's questioning her religious oath -- has a basketball background, Cathy enlists her as her assistant coach. The two then set out to mold the girls, including Mary (LAUREN BITTNER), Lizanne (KIM BLAIR), Trish (KATIE HAYEK), Colleen (KATE NOWLIN) and Rosemary (MARGARET ANNE FLORENCE), into a team rather than a set of individuals.

With little support from anyone else and nearly no money to finance their road trips and more, Cathy does what she can to convince herself, her husband, Sister Sunday and everyone else at the college that what they're doing is something remarkable. As the team finally starts to win its games, they then strive to make it all of the way to and through the national championship.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're girls who play or are interested in basketball, they might have a greater interest than other kids who don't fit that description.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
Presumably for not containing material that would warrant a higher rating (but see our notes under the Our Word to Parents" section).


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