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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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Matt Prylek
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Tommy Dolen
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'Gran' Angela Maria Tucci
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Sarah O'Malley
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Kyle Prylek
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Will Terkin
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Ned
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Rip
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Philip King
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Bobby Butler
Kelley Missal ...
Anya Bartosh
Jake Schwencke ...
Quigs (as Jake Evan Schwencke)
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Joe
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Abby Peerson
Dan Fabi ...
Dennis
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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Land of Opportunity
Performed by A Great Big World
Written by Ian Axel & Chad Vaccarino
Produced & Mixed by Dan Romer
Published by Ian Axel/BMI & Chad Vaccarino/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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