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The Mighty Macs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.

Movie G 2011 97 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Mighty Macs Really Are Mighty

I watched this movie last year and thought it would be bad but I was definitely wrong. This movie is aspiring and unpredictable and I think it is a good feel-good movie for kids!

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Educational value
Great messages
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age 7+

Mighty Mac-nificent!

We took our eight-year-old daughter to see "The Mighty Macs" and we all loved it. There were quite a few of us in the theater who cheered out loud for this team of young women who believed in themselves and achieved their goal even though everyone considered them the long-shot underdog! You don't find many films with positive role models for girls. "The Mighty Macs" delivers and you won't be disappointed. Nothing objectionable at all in this true story that will find a place in our DVD collection!

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Most sports movies are both inspirational and overly sentimental, and THE MIGHTY MACS is no exception on either count. In some ways, it's yet another example of the way that women in sports are relegated to the second string. If this story were about a pioneering men's team, chances are it would have had a major studio backing it, a considerable budget, and a period soundtrack filled with memorable tunes. Instead, Gugino has to carry the weight of the film accompanied by mostly unknown young actresses and a maudlin script of over-the-top pep talks.

But despite the constant and effusive "we're No. 1!" speeches, there's a definite charm and a powerful message to this movie that's good for girls to witness. What's more, it's refreshing to see nuns who aren't played for laughs or portrayed as unflinchingly stern instructors; instead, they're kind cheerleaders who genuinely care for the young women at their college. No, this isn't the equivalent of Hoosiers or Remember the Titans, but Gugino and her team are the kind of typically irresistible underdogs that you can't help but root for.

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