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McFarland, USA is a fairly standard inspirational story, but contains a stronger dramatic undertone and characterization. Despite the somewhat familiar story beats, the film succeeds in its premise, and goes beyond its familiarities to create a genuinely inspiring story. McFarland, USA is a powerful and inspirational film that may follow a familiar story, but does so in an intriguing way that avoids clichés and bloated sentimentality. It’s a story for all ages that retains a relevant message for all audiences, and delivers on its premise of a great true story. Grade: B

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