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Bully (2012) Movie Information

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A documentary that examines how bullying - be it on the playground or online - affects the more than 5 million American students it happens to each year. From the victims to the perpetrators to those who are trying to make a difference, The Bully Project takes an unflinching look at it all. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 10/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A powerful movie with a strong message that kids should stop bullying it's wrong.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A poor documentary, told entirely from one perspective without at all identifying the complexities of the issue. Bully follows the stories of a handful of children all dealing with bullying in different ways. The problem with the film though is that it is emotionally manipulative; we see these figures which we're supposed to feel sad for, but so little else is said about the issue. Bully makes the issue of bullying seem hopeless.

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Snoogans 02/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A documentary that sheds light on a sad truth and brings positivity and hope to solving this common problem. Anyone who has experienced bullying firsthand will connect, in some way, with this film. It's emotional, insightful and thoughtful. It serves as a great starting point for discussion on the issue.

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Alex 04/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A solid documentary that makes you think about why certain kids are the way they are, how schools should do more, and what a person can do to help. I liked it for what it was, which was a learning experience, but only strong documentary fans will really enjoy it.

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02/03/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This film should be in every school curiculum

Finally got myself a copy of this and was well worth the wait. The wife and kids joined for this one as i felt it would open their own eyes to a subject i am very sore over. I grew up in a small town and was constantly bullied through my entire existence there, couldn't even go down to the cornr store with out being ridculed and yes it makes you feel like a loser and sometimes suicidal. Maybe that's why i gave this film a 4/4 as i feel they need to make this film part of the school curriculum so that any would be or present bullies can maybe think twice at the life long damage they cause (I am now 44 but still suffer from severe insecure issues) This film shares with us a few of the many stories that procured from actual teen suicides beginning from the bullying they endured during their ...

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That's one of my favorite documentaries.  This situation with 'Bully' is just a repeat of some of the stories in 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated'. 
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BTW - if you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend the documentary

Even though it was made in 2006, things obviously haven't improved much since then. It's not the rating system itself that is necessarily flawed, but the people behind it have their own agenda, and I just don't think they're changing with the times.

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What I think is particularly stupid is that you can use certain words once and receive a PG-13. If you repeat them, you get an R. What makes saying something twice worse than saying it once? If anything, shouldn't repeating something take the sting out of it?
I wish several studios would get together and stop having their films rated by the MPAA. I don't think the National Association of Theatre Owners would make such threats if they were at risk of losing a lot of money. It's crazy that filmmakers have to compromise their art because some parents think that certain words are inherently bad and that kids need to be shielded from them. But, if ratings are necessary, maybe people could come up with a clear, transparent rating system that isn't so inconsistent and arbitrary if the current system goes away. I don't see it happening anytime soon, but it'd be nice.

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You can't put a movie rating on real life.  Leaving out harsh language would only take away from the realism that the film portrays.  I have no doubt that any 13 year old would've already heard those words on a daily basis.  Documentaries are a different game than the classic narrative of feature film and shouldn't have to be classified under the same (flawed) movie rating system.
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Weinsteins Vs the MPAA Over Bully.

Here's the breakdown of this story:

The anti-bullying documentary received an R rating from the MPAA. Harvey Weinstein appealed the rating, on the basis that a movie targeting teens would lose pretty much all of its impact if the target audience couldn't watch it (or have it be shown in schools).

The appeal was denied (by one vote) and now the Weinstein's are threatening to leave the entire MPAA system behind. Meanwhile the National Association of Theatre Owners have countered that if they don't tone things down, all future Weinstein Company films may received an automatic NC-17 (including Bully).

An online petition has gone up and has garnered nearly 150,000 signatures urging an overturning of the rating. Though these petitions are more symbolic than anything else, there is a lot of passion behind some of the people who want a PG-13 classification.

You can follow the timeline here: /tt1682181/news#ni2358880 8

What is your stance? Personally, I find it odd that a film like Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol can receive a PG-13 despite an abundance of violence while a film like Bully gets an R over salty language. Are we still in the 50s here, people? Do you think teens don't hear worse pretty much every day?

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