3 children, worried about bus driver over the summer, contemplate who they know to pair them up within an adorable 10 minute short.
|Screenplay By||Zoey Martinson, Julie Sharbutt|
|Where Can You Watch?||Film Festival (Tribeca Film Festival)|
|Mia||Toryn Isabella Coote|
|Natalie||Scarlett London Diviney|
|Ms. Reyes||Susanna Guzman|
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Mia, Jabari, and Natalie just finished the last day of school before summer, and on their way home, they realized their bus driver, Ms. Cheryl, is probably going to be lonely without them. So, they decide to run down every person she can date, from the gym teacher to the guy who sells nuts on the corner and even their teacher Ms. Reyes. All the while, not knowing Ms. Cheryl isn’t as lonely as they think.
Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: There isn’t a curse word or a single red flag beyond these kids thinking Ms. Cheryl needs to have someone and can’t be happy single.Cast & Character Guide
Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.
Cheryl (Melanie Nicholls-King)
Bus driver extraordinaire, Ms. Cheryl loves cats, the kids she drives to and from school, and meatless sandwiches.
Mia (Toryn Isabella Coote)
Potentially the leader of her friend group, Mia is one of the first to note that she, Jabari, and Natalie should find someone for Ms. Cheryl so she doesn’t feel lonely.
Jabari (Julius Sampson)
Adorkable, Jabari loves Ms. Cheryl as much as his friends but goes the extra mile through a car.
Natalie (Scarlett London Diviney)
While by no means quiet compared to her friends Jabari and Mia, what makes Nia stand out is being the closest to guessing who would be best for Ms. Cheryl.
Ms. Reyes (Susanna Guzman)
Natalie, Mia, and Jabari’s teacher.
The Ending’s Twist
Many of us had no idea what the personal lives were of the adults in our lives when we were kids. Some of us assumed they were robots who shut down when we left, others thought all they did was teach, go home, and wait to teach again. Thus making Mia, Natalie, and Jabari believing Ms. Cheryl didn’t have a life a nostalgic moment reminding you of the mysterious nature of adults.
But, the ending shows who Ms. Cheryl is with, and when I say I loved what we got, I truly do.
The Kids Were Adorable & Comical
The dynamic between Jabari, Mia, and Natalie was on point. They were adorable, comical, and were a group that you could easily see working together again in something long-form. Heck, if BET did kid shows, OWN, TV One, you name it, I could imagine these kids being the tent pole for their entry into that market.
Actually, even being Black focused brands, you could see these three becoming a thing. Take Disney, which through Girl Meets World, Andi Mack, and even their High School Musical series, has shown itself to take on more younger actors and give them the opportunity to be in dramedies. That could be interesting to see from these three, while also a bold move for the network.
Cupids, while having the veteran Melanie Nicholls-King, is really a introduction to her young co-stars who are bound to turn up on your favorite program before getting the full spotlight they deserve.