The Short Game (2013)
THE SHORT GAME follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golfs next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition. (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for The Short Game
You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game.
One thing the documentary reveals is how much work goes into being at the top.
While a cast of characters this large could easily hinder a doc's focus, it works perfectly in The Short Game to give both a global view and to show how sports can be a Zen-like calling at any age.
[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.
Depending on your tolerance for cute kids saying the darndest things, you'll either want to tee up or get teed off at 'The Short Game.'
On a cuteness scale -- where 10 is a fuzzy kitten yawning in a hammock -- the chattily uninhibited 7- and 8-year-old golfers of The Short Game score high.
This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.
Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.
What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch.
This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc "Spellbound," only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.
Offers a warts-and-all portrait of these pint-sized athletes and their parents as they tee off on the global stage.
Wonderfully entertaining, technically perfect documentary about kids gone wild on the green.
Fortunately, the kids' personalities rescue The Short Game from a cinematic bogey.
It could be argued that the kids are having fun and are picking up valuable life lessons, but The Short Game seems incapable of coming to any other conclusion.
The film works not just because it makes golf enjoyable to watch, but also because, by the end, you get to know these kids.
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