The NBA might be locked out, but ‘The Mighty Macs’ have come to save the day!
Based on a true story, the film follows Cathy Rush as she shapes the basketball team at a tiny all-women’s Catholic college in Philadelphia into a national contender. Rush, played by Carla Gugino, arrives to the college in 1971 as head coach after her playing career was cut short, only to discover that resources at the cash-strapped school are extremely limited, and she may not even have enough players to field a team.
Aided by an enthusiastic assistant coach (Marley Shelton), Rush perseveres, and the results are stunning. The cast includes David Boreanez as Rush’s husband, and Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John. Tim Chambers directed.
‘The Mighty Macs’ opens fairly wide across the multiplex today. (Check theaters and showtimes.)