The Mighty Macs {Review}

I had the opportunity to watch an advanced screening of  The Mighty Macs this week {from the comfort of my own couch while nursing the babe during a marathon cluster feeding, I might add}. I was really excited to have the chance to preview The Mighty Macs because we had seen the movie trailer a while ago, and like all good movie trailers, it went on my list of movies to see. The Mighty Macs did not disappoint~it totally lived up to the trailer.

Here’s the trailer in case you’ve not seen it (email subscribers will have to click over to view it)

About the movie:

It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women’s basketball. In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women’s Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College. Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she’s willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she’s just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them. From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school’s Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team! While it appears the Macs don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together. Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing’s for certain: there’s never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!

My Thoughts:

The Mighty Macs is a “feel good” movie that I would place in the same movie genre as Hoosiers or Rudy, only with a girl perspective. (That’s not to say it is overly “girly”, just girl characters with some women’s lib thrown in.) It’s a story of underdogs digging in, beating the pants off of the expectations placed on them and reaching for their dreams. It’s a true story that I think will inspire girls everywhere. I hadn’t heard the story before now, but was so excited to see how this story had impacted women’s sports. I loved the balance of the basketball scenes with the focus on the stories of each character. The movie was very clean and I found it safe for most of the whole family (although I really don’t think it would interest Jonah our 4 year old). The only scene I thought was unnecessary was after winning a game the coach and the nun assistant coach go into a bar and ask for “the coldest thing on tap” and a man hits on the nun (she had her head covering off and a coat over her outfit). It was a fairly mild scene (he asked her to dance), but I feel the need to tell you about it~it wasn’t a deal-breaker for me though. I did, however, think the lines of the nun during this scene were hilarious. (Does that make sense, the lines were cute, but the context was silly~a nun in a bar? Really?) Overall, I’d give it two thumbs-up and will watch it again.

If you’d like to find out more information you can visit The Mighty Macs: Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel

Also if you’d like to see The Mighty Macs content grade/review from the Dove Foundation you can view it here. (Scroll down and you’ll see the breakdown of things that you might be concerned about like sex, language, violence, drugs, nudity, etc.)

The Mighty Macs opens in theaters today!

Disclosure: I was provided the opportunity to view The Mighty Macs for free. All opinions are mine. I blog with integrity. 🙂


  1. Not sure I can talk my guy into this one 🙂
    But it does look fun/funny…love that you got to watch it at-home-on-cozy-couch…the best way anyway.

  2. Thanks for the review. I’m always looking for a good, clean, and inspiring movie.

  3. Hi Sara!

    Since I see you are nursing too, I wanted to let you know that I currently have a giveaway open on my blog for a great nursing cover.
    Hope the cluster nursing doesn’t last for much longer!

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