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Bully (2001)

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Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them.

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Storyline

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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It's 4 a.m... do you know where your kids are?

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, drug use and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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12 December 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bully - Diese Kids schockten Amerika  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$47,502 (USA) (13 July 2001)

Gross:

$510,092 (USA) (24 August 2001)
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Trivia

'Elizabeth Dimon' and Daniel Franzese portray mother and son in this movie. Prior to being cast, they had also been paired as a the comedic beta-couple in a Florida production of the musical A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Marty and Lisa are watching the music video, the same verse of the song "Forgot About Dre" repeats. I.e. you hear the beginning of the song twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marty: [on the phone with a customer] I want you to suck my big dick.
Mrs. Puccio: [from downstairs] Marty, honey, dinner!
Marty: [into the phone] I want you to lick my balls.
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Crazy Credits

While this Picture is based upon the book "Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge" written by Jim Schutze, some of the characters and persons have been composited, invented and recreated and a number of incidents have been fictionalized, emphasized and exaggerated for dramatic effect. See more »

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Soundtracks

Song for Shelter (Talking 'Bout My Baby)
Performed by Fatboy Slim (as Fat Boy Slim)
Written by Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook), Roland Clark, Leslie Bricusse,
Jimmy Hall, Jack Hall, John Anthony, Maurice Hirsch, Lewis Ross
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
Published by Universal-MCA Music Publishing Ltd., Unichappell Music Inc. o/b/o itself and No Exit Music (BMI)
Administered by Polygram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
Contains elements of "I Get Deep"
Performed by Roland Clark
Licensed courtesy of Shelter Records
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I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about this movie
5 November 2004 | by (Plantation, Florida) – See all my reviews

It seems that the reviews of this movie are rather bleak because people say that the director focused too much on sex and that this was not a realistic picture for teens. I watched the movie, and read the book, and I have another reference source- my mother was a juror for the court case State of Florida Vs. Ali Willis and Donny Semenec. She was sequestered for over a month and was told every piece of information about these two teenagers and their friends.

This sex/drug filled movie is a spot-on represenation of these kid's sad life. They had no future, no regrets, didn't go to school and yes, they had sex with each other a lot. From what my mother says, if you were to make a movie about them accurately, it would have to be close to 75% sex. The bully was bi-sexual and would force his best friend to have sex with him after he had raped his girlfriend. These kids were also not poor white trash, as their parents were very wealthy, and they drove nice cars.

I think the fact is some people cannot stomach the idea of these kids being real, so they blame the director for not interpreting the story correctly. This is a story of middle- upper class kids, kids like your sons and daughters.

I thought this movie was very good. 7.5/10


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