Disclosure: I was sent the DVD to review, there was no other compensation.
My thoughts: Being a mom to a son that was bullied when he first started school always makes me wish there was something I could have done. Thankfully we moved away and he has had years of fun in school. When I was asked if I’d like to watch the movie “Contest” I wasn’t entirely sure because it deals with a teen boy being bullied at school and I wasn’t sure I’d like it because I’d see what I didn’t see when my son was getting bullied. Thankfully I did watch it and enjoyed it. Course that doesn’t mean I did cringe, scream, yell at the screen and cry. I also laughed and smiled.
There were a few messages in this movie, one was learning that he doesn’t have to do everything alone and can ask for help. How many of you are still learning that lesson? I know I deal with this a lot, I try never to ask for help and then I feel silly when I learn it was just around the corner. Another is you never know who will end up in your corner or as your friend. Finally, learn to follow your heart, sometimes this means stepping out of your comfort zone which is NOT easy.
My older two watched the movie with me and really liked it. I don’t know if I’d recommend it for anyone younger than a teen because of the violence unless you are trying to find out if your child is being bullied. (hopefully they are not) I must admit I’d love to see the anti-bullying campaign like they have in this movie go towards all schools.
CAST: Kenton Duty, Danny Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, Mary Beth Peil and Kyle Dean Massey
DIRECTED BY: Anthony Joseph Giunta
SYNOPSIS: 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?
DISTRIBUTOR: ARC Entertainment
RUNTIME: 88 minutes