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Bully (2011)

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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

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Lee Hirsch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ja'Meya Jackson Ja'Meya Jackson ... Herself
Kelby Johnson Kelby Johnson ... Herself
Lona Johnson Lona Johnson ... Herself
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ... Himself
Alex Libby Alex Libby ... Himself
Jackie Libby Jackie Libby ... Herself
Philip Libby Philip Libby ... Himself
Maya Libby Maya Libby ... Herself
Jada Libby Jada Libby ... Herself
Ethan Libby Ethan Libby ... Himself
Logan Libby Logan Libby ... Himself
Kim Lockwood Kim Lockwood ... Herself
David Long David Long ... Himself
Tina Long Tina Long ... Herself
Teryn Long Teryn Long ... Herself
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Everything changes when it's your child. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bully See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,472, 1 April 2012

Gross USA:

$4,142,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,411,649
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. They lost the appeal for a PG-13 rating by one vote 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 »

Goofs

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

Student: I see you guys laughing over there.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Love Is a Many Splintered Thing (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

To The Stars! To The Night!
Written by Samuel McDonald Simkoff
Performed by Le Coup
Courtesy of Hardly Art
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boys should not "just be boys"
28 April 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The issue of bullying has started to get seriously discussed in the past few years, mainly due to suicides, often due to anti-gay bullying. "Bully" looks at bullying in general. Much of it consists of interviews with the bullied students and their parents. One of the important points that the documentary makes is that there is that the reaction to bullying is often "boys will be boys". "Bully" makes the point that these things will continue until we as a society say that it's not acceptable for anyone to let this to happen to people, especially in settings where children expect to be safe. Are we ready to say "Enough is enough" and prevent bullying before it starts?


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