Contest

Cartoon Network, Sunday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.
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Contest is an entertaining, well-cast movie starring stringy-haired every- teen Tommy Dolen (Daniel Flaherty), a sweet and bullied teenager with a talent for cooking. To raise money to save his grandmother’s pizza restaurant from destruction, he overcomes his shyness and enters a TV cooking contest with three high-school mates. One of them, Matt Prylek (Kenton Duty), is the school’s star athlete and biggest bully. Facing expulsion, Matt is forced to befriend Tommy and lead a school campaign against bullying. There are several subplots, one of them romantic (Tommy’s love interest is played by Kat McNamara), but the story centers on what Tommy and Matt learn about teamwork, bravery and finding friends in unexpected situations. Written and directed by newcomer Anthony Giunta, Contest anchors Cartoon Network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign for National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s followed immediately by a live online Q&A with family expert Rosalind Wiseman on StopBullyingSpeakUp.com.

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