Contest (2013)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  5 October 2013 (USA)
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A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Prylek
Tommy Dolen
'Gran' Angela Maria Tucci
Sarah O'Malley
Kyle Prylek
Will Terkin
Philip King
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Bullied high school student Tommy (Daniel Flaherty) is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor, Matt (Kenton Duty), the school's most popular student and star athlete. Tommy is suspicious, but is forced to accept the awkward friendship in order to enter a cooking contest with a big prize. And besides, it's so much easier to impress his crush, Sarah (Katherine McNamara), when he's not getting beat up by Matt and his team. As the cooking contest heats up, Sarah sniffs out a conspiracy, but nobody wants to hear about it. Can Tommy trust his budding friendship with Matt or is it all a huge joke on him? Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some bullying, rude humor and language

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A number of the actors and crew have been involved in anti-bullying efforts around the country prior to being attached to Contest. See more »


Tommy Dolen: MY FACE?NOTHING.actually I took on fifty guys at school who wanted to ask you out!
Sarah O'Malley: UH,HUH!
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Breaking The Surface
Performed by Kenton Duty
Written by Peter Zizzo, Kenton Duty
Produced & Mixed by Peter Zizzo
Published by Big Much Music/ BMI, Kampfire Kowboy/BMI
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An excellent film about bullying with appealing actors. Great for kids and families.
7 January 2014 | by (san francisco) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Mill Valley Film Festival and loved it. It's well-crafted and well-acted, and I think kids will actually enjoy watching it. I say this as someone who works with kids as a librarian in a K-8 school. It has all the components: appealing characters, dramatic moments, and a satisfying conclusion. All in all, a very nice story arc that will hold the viewers' interest and leave the door open for discussion. The movie's greatest strength was in the way the relationship between the three leads developed over time. It provided a more nuanced view of bullying, taking into account that the bully is usually someone who has been bullied himself. The cast of young actors were all appealing and talented. I imagine we'll be seeing more of them. The sound track is also excellent. After watching so many mindless (or violent) films for kids, it's refreshing to watch something that succeeds in getting a positive message across without being didactic or clichéd.

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