Genre: Kids/Family, Action-Comedy
Format: Live-Action, Feature Film
Target Demographic: 7 - 12 yrs
The story of a boy who was too proud to run and too chicken to fight.
What if the new kid in school got the bully in trouble and had only five days to live?
Community makes us stronger.
When mysterious new kid, Tommy Jackson (13), drifts into Westland Junior High, he finds the school on lock-down, terrorised by notorious bully, Miller Jr, and his posse. Fortune smiles briefly on Tommy, who becomes a local hero, until challenged to a showdown and forced to confront his shame.
The film is set in an overseas, American Junior High School - Westland Junior High. The school is based in an outpost town: one road in, one road out. Archetypes of the Western Genre - loosely based on the classic, "High Noon" - are used to explore themes of honour, courage, bullying and betrayal - writ large against a backdrop of puberty in a coming-of-age, action-comedy.
Unlike traditional Westerns, however, this is an innovative mash-up of Manga and Bollywood - similar in spirit to the Spaghetti Westerns of the 60's and the recent spate of Noodle Westerns - such as, "Kung Fu Hustle" and "The Good The Bad The Weird".
The violence is slapstick, the weaponry - chili bombs, candy shooters and gunk pistols. Kids ride BMX bicycles instead of horses and the villains have hyper-real superpowers that are both threatening and hilarious. Characters express themselves through song, dance and highly choreographed martial-arts fight sequences.
The principal characters are 13-14 yrs old. However, the adults in the town face a similar calamity to their sons and daughters: the bully's father is trying to drive the homesteaders off their land to turn the town of Westland into "Wasteland" - garbage processing capital of the West.
It's up to the students of Westland Junior High to find a way to pull together, face the forces that divide them and save what's left of their community.
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