Parents' Guide to

The Short Game

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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age 8+

Fun and inspiring for all ages!

I hope this film gets more exposure, as it is a must-see. None of my family are golfers, so don't let that scare you away. These kids are charming, funny, hardworking and determined - great messages about sportsmanship and doing your best.

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Great role models

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Even if you have zero interest in golf, this movie will suck you in with its focus on a group of global prodigies who started playing the sport at a very young age. Like any story about "outliers" who've turned thousands of hours of practice into expertise, The Short Game's dramatic tension comes from the passion these players display (and, in some cases, from the tension many of them experience with their "daddy caddies") at such a high-stakes competition. These kids aren't hobbyists at the tee; they're exceptional. Some come from money, and some just became obsessed with a golf tutorial DVD. One is thrilled to be "most improved player," while another mutters an angry "shoot" after every subpar swing. They may be in second or third grade, but these kids act like professionals when there's a club in their hand.

Through interviews not only with the eight contenders but also their parents, coaches, and adult golf legends, director Josh Greebaum explores the origins of greatness. The pros talk about what truly makes a golfer -- or any athlete -- have "it": a combination of raw talent, technical mastery, and love of the game that propels them. In the end, every viewer will have their favorites to root for (although the universally cheerful Zama and his encouraging dad are hard to beat) and will watch in awe as these kids prove that, on the golf course, they're already legends.

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