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Bully -- BULLY is an unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, and ethnic borders.
Bully -- A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
Bully -- Interview: PSA - Lee Hirsch
Bully -- This year, over eighteen million American kids will be bullied at school, on-line, on the bus, at home, through their cellphones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Th
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Director:
Writers:
Cynthia Lowen (written by) &
Lee Hirsch (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2012 (Iceland) See more »
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Tagline:
It's time to take a stand See more »
Plot:
A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Nobody wins or loses. Just hatred looms. See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ja'Meya Jackson ... Herself
Kelby Johnson ... Herself
Lona Johnson ... Herself
Bob Johnson ... Himself
Alex Libby ... Himself
Jackie Libby ... Herself
Philip Libby ... Himself
Maya Libby ... Herself
Jada Libby ... Herself
Ethan Libby ... Himself
Logan Libby ... Himself
Kim Lockwood ... Herself
David Long ... Himself
Tina Long ... Herself
Teryn Long ... Herself
Troy Long ... Himself
Devon Matthews ... Himself
Barbara Primer ... Herself
Kirk Smalley ... Himself
Laura Smalley ... Herself
Trey Wallace ... Himself
Tyler Lee Long ... Himself (archive footage)
Mercedes Banks ... Herself
Dean Donehoo ... Himself
Vickie Reed ... Herself
Jeff Johnson ... Himself
Howard Ensley ... Himself
Derek Parker ... Himself (as Judge Derek Parker)
Chloe Albright ... Herself
James Ramsey ... Himself
Paula Crandall ... Herself

Directed by
Lee Hirsch 
 
Writing credits
Cynthia Lowen (written by) &
Lee Hirsch (written by)

Produced by
Sarah Foudy .... associate producer
Lee Hirsch .... producer
Cynthia Lowen .... producer
Cindy Waitt .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bishop Allen 
Michael Furjanic  (as Ion Furjanic)
 
Cinematography by
Lee Hirsch 
 
Film Editing by
Jenny Golden 
Lindsay Utz 
 
Production Management
Mary Molina .... post-production supervisor (as Mary Angelica Molina)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Dwyer .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital audio transfer
James Austin .... engineering services
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Barnett .... supervising sound editor
Phil Benson .... exec. in charge: of Skywalker Sound
Danny Caccavo .... digital editorial services
Kabe Cornell .... field sound recordist
John Countryman .... video services
Jesse Dwyer .... field sound recordist
Bob Edwards .... sound effects editor
Steve Gottlieb .... field sound recordist
Jonathan Greber .... production manager: Skywalker Sound
Damion Haux .... field sound recordist
Pete Horner .... sound effects editor
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Michael Levine .... digital audio transfer
Scott R. Lewis .... assistant re-recording mixer
Josh Lowden .... project manager: Skywalker Sound
Dmitri Makarov .... digital editorial services
Charlotte Moore .... post-production sound accountant
Steve Morris .... engineering services (as Steven Morris)
Shelly Napolean .... client services
Al Nelson .... sound designer
Tom Paul .... additional sound editor
Eva Porter .... client services
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Tony Sereno .... re-recording mixer
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Tony Villaflor .... recordist
Pascal Garneau .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Drew Oliveras .... recordist (uncredited)
Daniel Sperry .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Steven Tollen .... project manager (uncredited)
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cole Cassell .... additional cinematographer
Cody Dulock .... additional cinematographer
Jamie Dulock .... additional cinematographer
Michael Dwyer .... second unit cinematographer
Joshua Gilbert .... additional cinematographer (as Josh Gilbert)
Duane Hart .... additional cinematographer
Billy Montross .... additional cinematographer
Andy Owen .... additional cinematographer
Philip Scarborough .... additional cinematographer
Rachel Buchanan .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Michael Dwyer .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Greg Astor .... additional editor
Brett Brownell .... post-production assistant
Holly Buechel .... assistant editor
Don Ciana .... lab color timer
Ralph Costanza .... film recording producer
Will Cox .... digital intermediate colorist
Anna Hovhannessian .... assistant editor
Perry Levy .... post-production technical supporter
Lori McCarthy .... assistant editor
Leslie Norville .... post-production assistant
Diane Paragas .... additional editor
Sandy Patch .... additional digital intermediate on-line editor
Michael Pullano .... on-line editor
Gratianne Quade .... assistant editor
Owen Rucker .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Paul Sgroi .... film recording technician
Enat Sidi .... consulting editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Kaoru Wang .... post-production assistant
Nicole Woo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Brooke Wentz .... music supervisor
David Bailis .... musician (uncredited)
Michael Furjanic .... music editor (uncredited)
Brian Satz .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Maryam Soleiman .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Amato .... intern
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor
Abbey Chaus .... intern
Jennifer Cordery .... intern
Ezra Doner .... additional legal services
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Alan Heisterkamp .... educational consultant (as Dr. Alan Heisterkamp)
Lee Hirsch .... researcher
Kristen Irving .... director of social impact campaign
Megan Isenstadt .... researcher
Houston King .... outreach producer
David Koh .... distribution advisor
Evan Krauss .... production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Mike Lane .... client services
Amanda Lebow .... distribution advisor
Cynthia Lowen .... researcher
Emilia Mello .... researcher
Shelly Napolean .... client services
Nuncle .... title designer
Ann Orrin .... intern
Eva Porter .... client services
Jordan Roberts .... development advisor
George Rush .... additional legal services
Kyler Schmitz .... intern
J. Stephen Sheppard .... additional legal services
Jeff Shinker .... intern
Anita Surendran .... associate production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Gregory Unruh .... funding provided by: Gravity Films
Sophie Watts .... funding provided by: Gravity Films
Elise D'Orazio .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bristol Baughan .... special thanks
Jon Carmichael .... dedicatee
Tyler Clementi .... in memory of
Vikki Ann Ernst .... special thanks
Ty Field-Smalley .... dedicatee
Montana Lance .... dedicatee
Tyler Lee Long .... dedicatee (as Tyler Long)
Jean McDowell .... special thanks
Hilary Stabb .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bully Project" - USA (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids (edited for re-rating)
Runtime:
USA:98 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:11 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating) (rating surrendered) | USA:Not Rated (uncut version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anderson Cooper is a strong advocate of this documentary and the movement against bullying that it has stimulated. It was featured on "Anderson Cooper 360°" (2003) in October 2011, at the "Bullying: It Stops Here" town hall program special. Kelly Ripa, Rosalind Wiseman and Phil McGraw also shared their reactions to and support of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Bullied Student:I've never had real friends that would stick around and help me.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Nobody wins or loses. Just hatred looms., 14 April 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Bully is a film that needed to be made. I believe at one point in time we were bullied, some of us were bullies, and most of us were been a bystander to bullying. For years, we've seen fictional characters be bullied in many Hollywood productions, that provided audiences with simple, relatable, and moderately effective entertainment. The characters were familiar, the plots were conventional, but we laughed, liked the characters, and wanted them to succeed more often than not. Never have we seen bullying in its rawest form, and capturing that on film is one of the hardest, most emotion-testing things one could do with the art form.

In the documentary, we follow around five people from all across the U.S. who have encountered bullying in some way or shape in their school. In Oklahoma, we meet openly gay Kelby Johnson, a down to earth youth who has been outcast for her sexual orientation. She has a tight bond with her friends, including her girlfriend, but personal feelings of inferiority and the looming thought that she'll never be like everyone else has lead her to try to take her life three times. It is a bit sad her story couldn't have been elaborated more. The subject of gay bullying could've been a documentary on its own.

In Mississippi, teenager Ja'Meya Jackson pulled a loaded gun on a bus full of students, enraged and hurt at the fact that she had been bullied for months and not a single person had taken action. She didn't kill anyone, but her life has changed greatly since the event. In Iowa, we meet Alex Libby, a socially awkward loner, victim to verbal and physical abuse on his school bus for a face resembling a fish. He is a quiet soul, bottling up his rage and hatred for people and coldly tells the camera "sometimes I want to become the bully." The other two children's stories are told through their parents, because they committed suicide for continuing arrogance to the problem. Kirk and Laura Smalley, parents of their late son Ty who took his life at the tender age of eleven, have started an organization called "Stand for the Silent" in hopes that people will speak out for those who aren't. The fifth boy is the deceased Tyler Long, who killed himself at seventeen because of ongoing torment for his weak appearance and uninvolved athletic status.

As a documentary, Bully is a surface-scratcher, going for an expansive view on the issue, rather than a deep, moving one. It manages to pull in a number of different souls who have been victim to harsh, uncalled for treatment, but never seems to explore them to the level of depth that we'd like. We also, never get a look at the other side of the road, from a bully's perspective. Why does one bully? Why does one take pride in hurting other people? And does their homelife really have anything to do with it, or do they just enjoy the pain and torment his victim feels? Bully paints the issue as one with no feasible solution other than to police the grounds carefully and intricately.

Bully has also been garnering a plethora of controversy surrounding the MPAA's decision to stamp the film with an R-rating. Director Lee Hirsch stated by doing that, the film would then be out of reach to children who the movie is directly made for. This is another move by the MPAA, made by completely tuning out the impact a film like this could have, in exchange for sticking to old, worn, outdated policies from an organization far too biased in their decision-making. The film was released for two weeks with an "Unrated" rating, rejecting the MPAA's suggested rating, before the edited cut, the one now in theaters, was released moderately theatrical with a few of f-words subtracted to try and garner more revenue and viewership.

With that being said, the documentary is definitely worthy of recognition and is almost required viewing for not only young children, but parents as well. It gives hope to the unlikely outcasts, which I have always enjoyed seeing, and it provides people with the feeling that things are being done. For one, we are seeing a documentary on the issue and organizations are being created to stop it. Things are getting done, but will the problem be eliminated, is my question. Last year, I watched an ABC Family movie called Cyberbully, about a teen girl who was being harassed and attacked viciously on the web. Throughout the showing, commercials aired stating "stomp the bullying" and "delete the drama," but who really was paying attention? Are bullies going to look at a Television film and thing "what I'm doing is wrong, I should stop?" Most likely no. They will embrace it with a cold shoulder, ignoring its messages and its morals.

I'm optimistic about the response for Bully, but as far as eliminating the degrading act, that would have to mean taking away peoples' feelings of inferiority and superiority to one another. That just can't be done. It's the painful side of the world and human nature. Bully is the first documentary I have had the pleasure of seeing in theaters, and despite noticeable restrictions, it is a brave film with a lot of heart, humanity, and soul. A bold and daring exercise that could change the way documentaries are produced. The MPAA should've debated that before seeking out the rubric for their tired policies.

Starring: Alex Libby, Je'Maya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Kirk Smalley, Laura Smalley, and Kim Lockwood. Directed by: Lee Hirsch.

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