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Bully Synopsis

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

Latest Bully News

Disney Stars Join More Kid-Friendly Bullying Film The Contest Disney Stars Join More Kid-Friendly Bullying Film The Contest
Thanks to Lee Hirsch's unblinking documentary Bully and The Weinstein Company's tireless efforts to promote the picture as well as battle the MPAA for a PG-13 rating that would allow the film to play in schools, the topic of bullying drew a lot of attention this year. Now first-time filmmaker Ajay Giunta

Disney Stars Join More Kid-Friendly Bullying Film The Contest

Dark Knight Rises Will Be PG-13 And That's Bad For Movies Dark Knight Rises Will Be PG-13 And That's Bad For Movies
Everyone remembers The Dark Knight as a violent, dark movie, but few recall it was PG-13. I do because I vividly remember the hoards of children—not teens and tweens mind you, but little waddling children—who shared the theater with me when I saw it

Dark Knight Rises Will Be PG-13 And That's Bad For Movies

MPAA Gives Bully Sought After PG-13 Rating MPAA Gives Bully Sought After PG-13 Rating
In the end, it wasn't the big names who attested to the film's powerful message, or the high schooler-started petition that went viral, or even Weinstein's threats to reject the MPAA's traditional but not required approval that caused Bully's rating change. After all of that, it was a new edit of the film that trimmed out three uses of the word "fuck." But don't misunderstand me, without all that came before it's unlikely even this would have satisfied the mysterious members of the MPAA.

MPAA Gives Bully Sought After PG-13 Rating

Bully Director Responds To R-Rating, Calls MPAA Broken Bully Director Responds To R-Rating, Calls MPAA Broken
Looking to overturn the MPAA's R-rating for Bully, a petition was delivered with 200,000 signatures demanding that the documentary about America's bully problem receive a PG-13 rating that would not only allow tweens and teens to see the feature without an adult, but also enable TWC to screen Bully for schools. Harvey Weinstein has been very vocal in his support of the film, but now the film's director Lee Hirsch has risen to make his own voice heard…

Bully Director Responds To R-Rating, Calls MPAA Broken

Bully Theatrical Trailer Demands Revolution Bully Theatrical Trailer Demands Revolution
The Weinstein Company is stepping up promotion for the heralded documentary Bully with a trailer that touts the film's call for widespread change. Sure, bullying is something every kid endures, something many people see as a necessary part of growing up. However, what filmmakers Vic Alarcon and Lee Hirsch posit is that bullying today has gone to a crueler extreme that's leading to shocking violence and even suicide.

Bully Theatrical Trailer Demands Revolution

Bully Gets R-Rating Prompts Weinstein Rebellion Bully Gets R-Rating Prompts Weinstein Rebellion
The MPAA, the organization that defines movie ratings, has deemed Bully worthy of an R-rating, which would largely discourage if not bar school children from seeing the doc that was made to educate them about the dangerous consequences of bullying. The MPAA has cited concerns over "some language" to explain their decision, but it's likely the very words they object to having children hear, are the same offensive words being hurled daily by children and at children across the country…

Bully Gets R-Rating Prompts Weinstein Rebellion

Poster For Lee Hirsch's Bully Says It's Time To Take A Stand Poster For Lee Hirsch's Bully Says It's Time To Take A Stand
The documentary Bully follows five families over the course of one year to reveal how the children of these families are affected by bullying. Shocking footage reveals not only the bullying itself but the harrowing repercussions it wreaks on its victims.

Poster For Lee Hirsch's Bully Says It's Time To Take A Stand

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