Directed by Cassandra Nguyen, Play Lunch is the story of Molly (Chantelle Wong), a girl who wants to play football, but promised her mom she would eat her lunch first. Molly finds that if she shares her lunch with Sam (Dylan Tucker), she’ll be able to make a new friend and have time to play.
Play Lunch is full of great themes, including friendship and perseverance. It’s also incredibly cute watching Molly and Sam instantly become friends over one lunch break. All Molly really wants to do is play some football, and with Sam helping her take the time to eat, she’ll be able to do exactly that. When they get out to the field to play, the other kids think that Molly is too small. She may have won Sam over by sharing her food, but it’s going to take more than that to win the others over.
Although it’s suggested for kids aged seven to eleven, I would think that kids even younger would enjoy and benefit from this film. The themes of sharing and overcoming the obstacles in life are ones that all kids should be exposed to.
You can find screening times and buy tickets at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival website.
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