A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tiger is a documentary about pro golfer Tiger Woods that focuses on his illustrious career and personal relationships. It mixes archival footage with new interviews to give an overview of Woods' career and personal life. Woods and his immediate family did not participate in the doc, so the interviews are with friends of the family, college buddies, rivals, sports commentators, and even his kindergarten teacher. The series attempts to look at how his personal life, specifically his upbringing and his romantic relationships, have had an impact on his career. Woods love life has been notoriously tabloid-friendly, and there's a lot of coverage of his romantic relationships in the documentary, but sex itself is only spoken about in vague terms. Consumerism is present throughout the documentary, especially his biggest sponsors, and profanity is used throughout, including "f--k" and "s--t." Though the doc promises to cover some salacious bits of Tiger's personal life, there's not much here that a casual fan who lived through the late-90s and 2000s wouldn't already be aware of.
What's the story?
Tiger tells the story of Tiger Woods' illustrious golf career. Footage is used from throughout his life, beginning with a TV appearance when he was two years old and continuing through his peak as the best golfer in the world. The documentary looks specifically at Tiger's complex relationship with his father, Earl Woods, who was a friend and a mentor. With new insight from people throughout Woods' life, the series reflects on the intersection between his career and his personal life.
Is it any good?
Tiger doesn't reveal much about its subject's life that a casual fan wouldn't already know, because it lacks the access that fuels many of the best sports documentaries. Last year's transcendent The Last Dance, for example, not only had real time coverage of the 1996-98 Bulls, but access to present day Michael Jordan, who was able to entertainingly put it all into context. Woods and his family, on the other hand, are notably absent from Tiger. So what promises to be an insightful look at an enigmatic athlete, along the lines of The Last Dance or OJ: Made in America, ends up as a simple career overview with some gossipy moments sprinkled throughout it.
It does, however, stand as another example in the pantheon of sports stories about athletes with overbearing fathers, from Mutt Mantle to Richard Williams to LaVar Ball. Tiger uses the golfer's relationship with his father, Earl Woods, as a prism through which to look at his career, his public persona, and his relationships with women. However, without Tiger or his father to speak on the record, there's not enough here to create a ton of insight.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Tiger Woods. Who is Tiger Woods? Why does he have so many fans? How did people feel about him 20 years ago? Why? How do they feel about him now? Why?
Why was Tiger Woods an important figure in golf? What barriers did he break? Why was it such a big deal? How did Woods feel about breaking those barriers? How did he cope with being an icon?
What was Woods' relationship with his father like? What impact did Earl Woods have on Tiger's career? What were the good influences? What were the bad? What role does the documentary suggest Tiger's mother played in his career? How did his other personal relationships effect his career?
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