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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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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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

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$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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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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The meek shall inherit the earth, but in the schools the bullies reign supreme
13 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary documentary capturing intense and poignant moments. There are no psychologists or school counselors here to explain or elucidate the behaviour of these young children. The victims and events speak aptly, making commentary unnecessary.

It shows the children being bullied and the bullies themselves. The victims are suffering intensely and we can feel their anguish and their powerlessness – the bullies are mean, inflicting all manner of harm to those who will not oppose them. The parents try to cope and are puzzled, flummoxed and heartbroken by these outside events. They try to deal and help their children in their despair. The teachers and the schools are moderately concerned at best and incapable at worst. There is a stunning moment between bully and victim where the principal is pleading with the victim to forgive. Sometimes it just seems like the schools are merely wishing the problem to go away.

We listen to these young children speak articulately; they are well aware of their predicament, their victimization and their loneliness. For some, as the film illustrates, it is already too late. There are several suicides a year in schools across the U.S. (I am also aware that this happens in Canada as well).

I am thankful to the makers of this film for openly bringing to our attention this problem which is so ubiquitous in our schools. It is only in the last few years that it has started to be discussed and viewed as a REAL problem. When I was in school many years ago it was almost a taboo area and was certainly not a subject for serious discussion. It was something one was expected to adjust to and move on.

I am also grateful to those parents who are shown at the end of the film who have started a movement to denounce bullying; it is anti-social behaviour that should not be tolerated. Schools need to have safe areas where all can feel comfortable. The school bus would be a good starting point. Conformity, particularly in sports, needs to be re-examined. Making the parents, the school children and the school administrator and teachers aware of the problem must be a primary goal. This powerful and truthful film must be shown to all who work in schools.


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