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McFarland

McFarland is one of those feel good movies from Disney that makes you want to do something more with your life. Kevin Costner plays Coach Jim White aka Blanco who sees the potential in a group of kids from one of the poorest towns in America. He notices that these kids seem to be able to run forever - from the picking farms to school and back to the farms after school. So he decides to create a cross-country team. This is their story. It’s a beautifully shot film about resilience and self-discovery. And some of the jokes aren’t half bad either. Like I said, Disney always knows how to create films that make you feel like you’ve wasted your entire life. So here’s a list of 10 ways the boys of McFarland made me feel completely inadequate.

1) When I found out that this movie was based on a true story.
“Based on a true story” usually always means that this person’s life was amazing and yours will never live up to it. Great.

2) When the boys’ alarm clocks go off at the ass crack of dawn.
They literally wake up at satan o’clock to go pick on the farms to make some extra money for their families. Makes me feel incredibly blessed to have the life I have.

3) They go to a full day of school after spending all morning picking cotton.
Damn these are some hard workers. I am seriously slacking.

4) They run 8-10 miles a day.
“They about that #fitlife,” I write while sitting on my couch after eating ice cream out of the tub.

5) They return to the farms after school to pick some more cotton.
They’ve probably been up for about 16 hours by this point or something. They only thing I can do in 16 hours is marathon tv shows.

6) No matter how bad their day was, they all sit down together to eat dinner as a family.
My family can watch tv together for about 30 minutes before everyone decides they’re sick of breathing the same air.

7) Not only do they all eat dinner together, they eat delicious home cooked Mexican food.
The rest of us can just give up now because none of us have enchiladas waiting for us at home.

8) They can get the entire town to rally together to support their cross-country team.
This one time I got 94 RTs on a tweet about Kristen Stewart. So I guess that’s kind of the same thing.

9) Did I mention they run 8-10 miles a day?
With hill training. And they don’t even have good running shoes or even real hills! 

10) Their coach really believes in them and actually wants them to succeed.
Last night my mother accidentally locked me out of the house.

Britney Spear’s illustration for this week’s @TimeOutNewYork “Things to Do” Section by @jillathrilla. AD Alex Citrin

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