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Bully (2011)

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

Director:

Lee Hirsch
8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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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, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,038,876, 9 November 2012
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Dolby | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Edited into Independent Lens: Bully (2014) See more »

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Busted Heart
Written by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder
Performed by Bishop Allen
Courtesy of Superhyper
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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 logicaldog-302-70238See 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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