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The Mighty Macs DVD


Based on the inspiring true story. It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages.

Recently hired as the coach of tiny Catholic College called Immaculata, Cathy’s challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams her Macs will face. There is no gymnasium, no fan support and no money. To top it off, Cathy may not even have enough players for 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!

Dove Worldview:
In 1971 girls’ basketball was thought of as something that girls did in gym class, not as a competitive sport. It was thought of as only a boy’s game during this era. Girls or women were not viewed as being athletes. This is an inspiring story of one small all-girls Catholic college, on the verge of closing, which produces a winning basketball team. The odds are against them from the beginning but their new coach, Kathy, has a dream and a goal for the girls and also for herself.

This is based on a true story and is about commitment and team work along with one woman’s dream. It is a dream that was carried on by these talented girls who had the courage to play the game of basketball as they struggled with personal problems and insecurities. This is truly a heartwarming story about one team that helped forge changes in the world of women’s sports. We award “The Mighty Macs” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

via The Dove Foundation – Family Friendly Movie, DVD, Video and Game Reviews.

Movie review disclaimer 

the Pure Life


How can teenagers lead a pure life in todays world?… “The Pure Life” is a series of 13 half-hour episodes devoted to teaching adolescents about chastity from a catholic point of view. The show is hosted by John and Crystalina Evert and also features teens and young adults. They take us through difficult, daily situations in a culture that promotes worldly values, influences, and priorities as opposed to a lifestyle of faith, fortitude, and virtue. As a teen myself, I really enjoy watching “the Pure Life” and recommend it to other teens.

To watch a clip of “The Pure Life”, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od8XWi2h-dk

The Pure Life series can be ordered on DVD at http://www.parousiamedia.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29941

For more information on the series, go to http://www.ewtn.com/series/2007/pure_life.htm

Fireproof movie review


At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter…just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being “good enough” for her husband.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father’s sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.

While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?”

When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God’s help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever…rescuing his wife’s heart.

via Welcome To FireproofTheMovie.com – DVD IN STORES NOW!. Rated PG: for thematic material and some peril. 2008 running time 122 min.

Catholic Resources

Catholic priests, lay ministries and lay apostolates across the country can use this movie to help strengthen marriages and couples in parishes and communities. The response from Catholic leadership to FIREPROOF has been unprecedented. From Catholic marriage prep programs to healing retreats for Catholic couples, FIREPROOF is opening doors with an opportunity to communicate God’s design for relationships. Start making your plans now!

Statistics show that almost half of people in the U.S. will divorce at least once in their lifetime. The divorce rate among Catholics is reputedly the same as that among the general public, where about 35 percent of people who have been married have also been divorced. Research shows that when things get difficult, people first look to the church for answers. Your parish can provide the answer and offer hope and healing for couples in your community with a wide array of marriage resources.

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This is a brilliant movie suitable for teens and up. Though it is only rated US PG I would watch this one yourself before letting your child watch it because some of the arguments near the start can be pretty hard hitting. And since it is dealing with marriage relationship issues it just may not be appropriate for some younger viewers. A rating of M for mature themes would be more appropriate.