Cathy Rush, recently married, is the lone applicant for the coaching position at Immaculata College, operated by nuns. On a low salary and no budget for the team, Cathy clears out a retired activity room to create a gym. The young women aren’t great athletes and many quit under the strong hand of Cathy. But no matter what she and her new assistant coach, Sister Sunday, drills them in, they can’t pull off a team win. A rash action led by Cathy nearly ends the program for good, but instead serves as a turning point for the team soon on their way to the National Championship.
Problems arise from the Mother Superior of the college and her disapproval of some of the ways Cathy chooses to train the team. And there’s Cathy’s husband, an NBA ref who doesn’t understand her intense desire to try coaching. The college’s financial ship is sinking, which only a miracle from God can save. All the while, the individual members of the team battle personal issues in their struggle to live their dreams.
From the little bit of knowledge I have of filmmaking, I applaud the quality of this production. The Mighty Macs is well done in all areas. The characters were believable. The fact that it’s based on a true story is always a plus for me.
And now I will veer off from most reviews written about this movie. This is solely my opinion. Most people will see this movie and its message differently, but here I go.
I almost instantly disliked the main character, but could not figure out why until later. At the start, I felt Cathy came across as over dramatic and over confident and there was never a real reason given of why she wanted this coaching job so badly. After reviewing the movie in my mind, I understood what put me off. In fiction, the main character can be flawed, make poor choices, have a horrible background, but in the current story there is one thing they can never do: think more highly of themselves than someone else. The majority of people probably won’t see the character of Cathy Rush as such, but that’s how she felt to me. She never displayed a spirit of humility, just great pride in what they could accomplish if they just believed.
Actually, I sympathized with the husband. Obviously, Cathy hadn’t discussed her desires with him before they were married just a few short months before the story begins. Her new job cancels a planned vacation and basketball practices leave him eating dinner alone with no apology.
By no means am I objecting to married women pursuing dreams and having a career, but if that’s their intention, shouldn’t they at least discuss it?
Is this a good family film? Depends on your family. There are a few things I felt were only inserted because they couldn’t keep it 100% clean (the implications are subtle but there), and discussing Jesus over two cold ones…but that’s a whole ‘nother debate.
That’s my opinion. Read others and determine if this is a movie for you and your family. You may love it. It just didn’t appeal to me for the above reasons.