Trophy Kids (2013 film)

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Trophy Kids
Directed by Christopher Bell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Running time107 minutes
Original release
  • December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)

Trophy Kids is a 2013 film directed by Christopher Bell. It depicts a number of families where parents push their children excessively in sport. The film premiered on HBO on December 4, 2013. [1]



From the director of the film Bigger, Stronger, Faster* comes an intense look at the overbearing parents in sports. The film asks the question "Do we want what's best for our children? Or do we just want them to be the best?" Parts of this film were used in the premier of Peter Berg's HBO series State of Play. [2] [3]


Amari Avery9 Riverside, California Golf
Derek Biale17 Redondo Beach, California Basketball
Ian Fox16 Redondo Beach, California Basketball
Justus Moore15 Duvall, Washington Football
Blake Suard13 Hermosa Beach, California Tennis
Tanner Suard13 Hermosa Beach, California Tennis


The documentary received positive reviews as it shined a light on the struggles and stresses that these children face. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

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