The charm of the film is that, while it uses the true-life story of Jim White's 1987 McFarland Cougars cross-country team as its foundation, the film itself is, as director Niki Caro notes, "a profoundly American film" about families, culture and community.
Revisiting the film upon it's release on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) Digital HD, my appreciation has grown even more, with McFARLAND, USA ranking among the most-recommended films that I've seen in recent memory. The story is unstoppable, and the golden-hued look of the film comes through at home just as beautiful as it did the first time I saw it on a big screen back in Burbank. Nearly six months later, it's still one of my favorites of 2015.
- Read the in-depth feature film review and interview with Director Niki Caro.
- Read all McFARLAND, USA coverage from THE ROCK FATHER, including interviews and special features.