Dusty roads

In "McFarland, USA" (PG, Disney), Kevin Costner plays a novice high school track coach who shapes a group of disadvantaged teens into champion cross-country runners in this fact-based drama. The 1980s-set film, based on a true story, is pretty much paint-by-numbers, but it does add a few surprising dashes of color. Directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider," "North Country"), "McFarland, USA" is a rare look at a dusty farm community and gives a voice to Hispanic actors usually cast only in stereotypical minor roles. Contains some violence and strong language. Extras include an interview with Costner, Coach Jim White and members of the 1987 cross-country team.

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