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Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  27 April 2012 (Iceland)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

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Ja'Meya Jackson ...
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Kelby Johnson ...
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Lona Johnson ...
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Bob Johnson ...
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Alex Libby ...
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Jackie Libby ...
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Philip Libby ...
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Maya Libby ...
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Jada Libby ...
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Ethan Libby ...
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Logan Libby ...
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Kim Lockwood ...
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David Long ...
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Tina Long ...
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Teryn Long ...
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This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. BULLY opens on the first day of school. For the more than 13 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that's certain is that this year, like every other, bullying will be a big part of whatever meets them at their school's front doors. ... Written by Lowen, Cynthia; Hirsch, Lee

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,472 (USA) (30 March 2012)

Gross:

$4,038,876 (USA) (9 November 2012)
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Bully was originally rated R for language. The Weinstein Company appealed for a lower rating, as the R rating would exclude the very audience that is was intended for - high-school teens. The MPAA refused to alter the rating, so the distributor surrendered the original rating and opted for their film to be released 'Unrated' to the theaters. Finally, the filmmakers agreed to cut some, but not all, of the relevant language, and the MPAA did agree to re-rate the movie PG-13. The PG-13 version does keep intact all the language in the scene that was the main point of contention between the filmmakers and the MPAA, in which a 12-year-old is physically and verbally attacked on his school bus by his classmates. See more »

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The scene where Alex is walking down the street and throwing a stick is inverted. The "Mitsubishi" text on the back of the truck is flipped. See more »

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Alex Libby: Girls are like candy. Sometimes you want a Hershey bar and sometimes you want a Snickers. You can't really tell what you want. Sometimes you want, like, a popsicle. It is a complicated feeling.
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Bully may not be the most entertaining movie you will see this year: but is the most important
22 April 2012 | by (fairfax station, va) – See all my reviews

Went to Bully, largely because there was nothing else playing that represented escapist fare, which I usually opt for. I am a therapist and mother of three and I certainly hear enough about Bullying to make me a steadfast believer that it is not only happening, but happening to MOST kids, regardless of who and what you are, you will be a target. I hear about it everyday and the central theme is-educators not only don't do anything about it-but heres the origin- the teachers are modeling it. They pick on certain kids, harass and joke about kids and even engage in screaming and name-calling, at least here in Fairfax County, Virginia. I think this is where it starts, as well as at home. Kids do NOT do these behaviors naturally. In small groups when it is structured to create emotional safety, kids work together well and are VERY tolerant of differences. It is when schools make everything a competition (and it is DOG eat DOG in our schools), and parents (lots of tiger moms and dads) do nothing but encourage kids to compete with other kids regardless of the price (some kids at our school are suicidal). This could be fixed but it requires a societal shift, electing Barack Obama is a great first step in this regard. Loved the movie, loved Alex-I want to know how he is doing?


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