From Executive Producer Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and director Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster) comes TrophyKids, a new innovative documentary film that shines light on obsessive parents in youth sports.
Great documentary but extremely tough to watch as a coach and parent. I was so angry at the way some of these kids were being treated, especially the 15 year old football player. At least 2 of these parents should have been brought up on abuse charges, especially the golf Dad threatening to hit his daughter in the mouth. People need to live their own dreams and not try to make their kids fulfill their lost youth.
Great film showing how well intentioned, loving, parents can lose sensitivity in relationships with their gifted children by becoming too involved and losing perspective by expecting excellence 100% of the time. Clearly not their intention but clearly unrealistic and humiliating to the kids.
There are all kinds of child abuse and this movie illustrates one of the most deceptive forms. Parents who are too involved to the point of obsession. The parents aren't just robbing their children of a normal childhood, they're trying to compensate for their own failures in life. I predict that not only will these children grow up resentful of what was done to them, they will probably choose another career altogether.
For a father to call his son stupid and drive him to the point of tears and another to call his daughter a bitch because she isn't a perfect golfer is a recipe for destroying their self-esteem. It's anyone's guess if these parents are physically abusive as well. I suspect some may be.
What a shame they are such poor parents but think they are such great parents. I wish the other parent could find a way to get sole custody and only allow supervised visitation for their emotionally unbalanced other half. That's all the time they deserve