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Bully (2012)

Bully
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“There‚Äôs no doubt 'Bully' should be required viewing in every classroom in America.”

-Richard Roeper

Bully Review

Bully

(2012)

In theaters:
Friday, 6 April 2012

Genre:
Documentary

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kwality kontrol said on Sunday, May 06, 2012 9:34:34 PM
I left halfway through. Focus the camera. Focus, please focus. I felt like throwing up. It was almost as bad as Blair Witch. Buy a tripod, and learn how to focus your camera.

Kristina said on Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:11:17 PM
I work for the boys and girls club. We are 100% against bullying. We have lots of events to show our kids just how cruel bullying actually is. I think taking a field trip to watch this movie with the kids is an excellent idea. Thank you so much for the review! I wasn't even aware about this movie.

Vic said on Monday, April 16, 2012 5:19:38 PM
it's so sad the mpaa still insists on telling people (adult people) what they can or cannot see... they' aren't giving you the choice to choose..

Reader said on Sunday, April 08, 2012 10:33:09 PM
The film should be required viewing by every school administrator, teacher, bus driver, yard supervisor, parent, school-age child. And we need more films on this subject; this one only scratches the surface.

Jon said on Saturday, April 07, 2012 8:51:52 PM
Bullying is never going to stop. Kids have got a mean streak in them and if you don't think it has always been going on than you are clueless. We need to focus more on how to HANDLE the emotional stress and how to PREVENT the physical abuse. The only way to stop bullying would be to take away the cell phone, the home phone, the email, the facebook, the internet, the sports, the grades, the school, the clothes, and of course, the opposite sex. It's gonna be this way forever, we sewed it, now we reap it.

Jordan said on Saturday, April 07, 2012 8:49:36 PM
So, why exactly do you give this movie an A- as opposed to an A+ or just a straight A? I understand why you like this film, I am just not clear as to why you included the minus.

Reply from Richard Roeper
Joe,

I gave "Bully" an A- and not an A or A+ for the reasons I outlined in the review. I feel the film should have explained how those kids on the bus continued their horrific behavior knowing a camera crew was recording their actions. And I wish we had seen at least an attempt to interview the bullies and their parents.

Best,

Richard

Will said on Thursday, April 05, 2012 10:23:21 PM
It's a shame that the filmmakers bent to the MPAA and took out some of the f-bombs...

Jason said on Thursday, April 05, 2012 9:42:32 PM
I hate the mpaa

Justin H said on Thursday, April 05, 2012 3:54:24 PM
Unfortunately, bullying won't really stop until our society's views on the issue change. You mentioned that some of the administrator and teachers in the documentary chalked it up to kids being kids. For those people, that may be the extent of their own personal experience with bullying; maybe they never experienced anything worse than some minor name calling.

However, for some kids, the bullying is constant and comes from many different directions. It can even feel like it's a coordinated effort by their peers.

Worse than the immediate impact of bullying, might be the long term effects. Those who are bullied in junior high and high school, may have major issues with trust and building relationships that can last a life time. Unfortunately for kids today, they don't always get a respite when they leave school. Because of texting and social media, the harassment and cruelty may follow them everywhere they go.

The real question about this documentary is if kids will be the least bit interested in watching it. Perhaps it will be an eye opener for parents, but I'm not sure if the average teenager will have much interest in watching something like this unless it's assigned by a teacher.

 
 
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