This should have been called Loser Parents. Horrendous, abusive, appalling species, all exposed in this fascinating but anger-inducing documentary.
What was good about it?
• Some pushy parents may have seen this and decide to lay off pressurising their children into situations far too hard for a kid to handle.
• There was no hard-hitting narration. Alastair Cook and Rob Davis’s footage following these unfit parents was all we needed to realise how horrific it all was.
What was bad about it?
• The uncomfortable treatment of all four featured children by parents who “want the best for them”.
Young golfer Lee, who’d been nicknamed The Wolf by his foul-mouthed, unsporting father, was without doubt a meal ticket who was hounded around the fairways and burdened with the task of earning enough to buy a Ferrari or two and a yacht. So desperate was his father to protect his asset, that the boy wasn’t allowed out in case he got knocked over.
“F**king hit the f**king ball” or “Eden, you gave up,” is no way for a father to talk to his 12-year-old daughter, who is destined in his warped eyes to win Wimbledon and has to suffer huge pain in her growing body to help him achieve his dream. To compound her misery, her father has hired a coach who lashes out with comments such as “I don’t understand why you dare hit a forehand that badly.”
Nine-year-old Billy – aka The Iceman – isn’t allowed to enjoy his sport. He has to win at all costs to please his twisted father.
Charlie the boxer is stuck with a father who shrugs off his son’s nosebleed, swears appallingly and has sacrificed his marriage so that his son can achieve the things he was to useless to manage.