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Discussion Guide: Whiplash

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The downloadable resource below is a part of PCA's collection of movie discussion guides, which aim to help you make the most out of movie viewing with your team or child. Movies provide a plethora of "teachable moments" that can be seized upon by coaches and parents to help young athletes take away lessons that will help them be successful, contributing members of society.

Whiplash, based on director Damien Chazelle's own experiences, portrays the relationship between an ambitious and talented young musician and his abusive instructor. Often called a "sports movie" about jazz drumming, Whiplash includes themes of coach-student relationship, psychological approach to skill improvement, effects of verbal and physical abuse on mental health, and motivation.

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