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Trophy Kids

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Searingly honest docu about sports-obsessed parents.

Movie NR 2015 105 minutes
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age 10+

Ego driven Society..Hiding behind Religion

I think All parents should watch this...It shows how the Ego driven Parent abuses their children to feed their own ego and to hide their own insecurities they felt as children..They want to create the bullies they ran from in school instead of creating the Loving and Kind Children they needed and the Ones this society so needs...To hide behind any religion and do this to your children is a disgrace. I just don't see Jesus or any God telling you to get out there and be number One ...Focus on just yourself and forget making real friends. Also to Not to listen to your own soul and figure out what you really want out of your life.. Since when did being a Kind..Loving..Smart Human not be enough...I think this world needs so many more humans like that and less of what these parents are creating.. This is great for the Parent who needs validation you have done right by Not following in behind these kinds of parents...They can be Bullies to us as well.....Be thankful you have listened to your own heart not them and guided your children in a healthy and loving way thru life... Thank you for making this film...I will pass it along to everyone...

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Trophy Kids is a fascinating, compelling exposé of the extreme lengths parents will go when they truly believe their kids have what it takes to be not just a good athlete, but an extraordinary one. One father quit his job to focus on his son's basketball career and admits that he's spent the equivalent of "two Lamborghinis" on the boy's personal training and elite teams. The former college ballplayer forces his freshman son to practice plays and study videos of upcoming opposing teams after regular football practice. The divorced dad also berates his kid and calls him a "mama's boy" and a "woman" because he was primarily raised by his mother.

More than just a documentary, Trophy Kids is a cautionary tale about how not to parent. With the possible exception of the religious mother who believes her twins are destined by God to be tennis champions, the parents are all abusive toward coaches, referees, and in some ways even their own children. The father of the junior golf champion (who calls her a "little bitch" behind her back when she swings poorly at a tournament) tells another parent that he wishes it were like the 1970s, when parents could push kids as far as they wanted. In an age when stories routinely circulate about parents being barred from games (it happens in the documentary, too) and bullying coaches, Trophy Kids is a reminder to keep calm and remember that no matter how intense your child feels about a sport, it's still a game.

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