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Disney knows what you like. You like predictable. You like pleasant. No matter what you say, you ride It’s a Small World. So Disney pulls out every cliche in the sports cinema book for “McFarland USA,” a 2015 heartstring-puller starring Kevin Costner. The sport is cross-country, but you feel like you’re watching a circa-1987 ripoff of “Hoosiers” with Mexican farmboys instead of Indiana farmboys. But hey, people like fairy tales because they know everyone lives happily ever after. And this is that, even if it’s based on a true story (with a lot of stuff left out and/or glossed over).

A lot of people believe sports are a metaphor for life. And a lot of people believe strong metaphors drive great movies. Thusly, a lot of people believe “Hoosiers” (1986) is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports movies of all time. It helps that it was born from a wonderful, true underdog story about a basketball team from a tiny town in Indiana that goes all the way to the state finals. The moviemakers then weave in multiple layers of additional underdogs and others struggling for redemption. And it all comes together in the big game. Perfect.