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Bully (2011)

Lee Hirsch  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Lee Hirsch
  • Writers: Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twc
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4TMLKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bully" on IMDb

Special Features

• The Bully Project at Work Featurette
• Communities In Motion
• Deleted Scenes and Much More!

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From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, this is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
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Not sure why Amazon lists this as "The Bully Project", but we are talking indeed about the documentary "Bully", whose initial R rating by the MPAA Caused such an outcry (more on that later).

"Bully" (90 min.) is the self-explanatory title of this documentary, directed by Lee Hirsch (who he himself was a victim of bullying when growing up, reason for wanting to make this film). The movie basically follows 5 students in schools in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma as they deal with bullying in an almost daily basis, some with tragic results. There is a lot of footage from school buses, which appears to be ground zero for bullying. I assume Hirsch was able to mount some cameras in the bus unbeknowst to the kids. What we see is sometimes shocking. In the case of 12 yr. old Alex, the bullying becomes so violent that in the middle of the movie, we are informed that the film producers were so concerned with Alex's safety that they decided to share the school bus footage with Alex's parents and also with his school principal. Next we see the parents meeting with the school's Assistant Principal, who informs the parents that she is familiar with bus 54 (the bus Alex takes) and has done that route herself on occasion and "these kids are good as gold" (as you cam imagine, the theatre audience I was watching this with let out a huge moan at that point). Indeed, throughout the film, school administrations seemingly do little or nothing, or are in complete denial, or both. Just outrageous. Back to the rating of the movie: the MPAA simply made itself look like a buffoon by giving this movie an R rating, when in reality this movie should be watched by every single kid in America 10 years and older.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see it, but not everyone will February 17, 2013
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My mom recently gave me a bag of papers, report cards and mementos from my school days. She meant it to be a nice thing for me to have in adulthood to remember my school days. People who want me to put the past behind me seem to also be the same people who won't let me forget it. I had to stuff that bag in the closet. I can't look at it without crying. Why were they so mean to me? Why was I such a bad person? Why did they hate me so much? I graduated high school in 1989, and the bullying I endured still hurts.

If you're an adult survivor of the kind of heinous treatment the kids in this movie endure, it may trigger a PTSD episode. If it never happened to you, you will be absolutely stunned at what goes on. They don't sugar-coat anything. Some of the footage is raw and disturbing. These kids know that the cameras are there; they've been recorded since before they were born. They know they are being watched, and they still behave like animals. It makes you really wonder what they do when they know no one is looking.

It is kind of limited in scope. They never interview the bullies, so we never know why they think it's OK to treat other kids that way. It doesn't get much into cyber bullying. All of the stories are from small towns. I don't think they intentionally tried to smear small town America, but having one story from a major metropolitan school system would have been helpful. Where are school administrators who fight bullying? They're certainly not in this film, and after I watched it, I'm convinced they don't even exist.

Alex stands out because they followed him around the most, yet they neglected to mention that he has Asperger Syndrome. With Kelby they mentioned she was gay almost every chance they had, but Alex's autism was never mentioned.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Disturbing January 29, 2013
Format:DVD
BULLY is a powerful, disturbing documentary feature from director Lee Hirsch that sparked a national movement that rallied people to stand up to school bullying, hate and intolerance.

This is a difficult film to watch, as the camera captures the emotionally painful lives of five families whose children were victims of school bullying. Two of the kids committed suicide, while another in a desperate effort to get her fellow students to leave her alone, threatened then with a gun and wound up in jail.

However, what is truly distressing about BULLY is the "kids will be kids" and "there's not really much that we can do" attitude of the idiotic school administrators and local police who seem to prefer to ignore the issue.

Perhaps if officials like these had addressed the bullying problems in their school, a tragedy like Columbine would not have occurred.

BULLY is not "entertainment," but it is a film that every kid, parent and school official should watch.

The DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains many deleted scenes, featurettes and other extras.

© Michael B. Druxman
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Sadness February 15, 2013
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Where do I begin? "Bully" is a movie about bullying--that age old rite of passage for many, many young children. I call it a rite of passage because I suffered from bullying. And I received about as much support from the teachers and other school staff as the poor children in this movie. Turn away, look the other way, jump on the abused with both feet; it all is like some sort of shark feeding frenzy. But there are no sharks. Instead you have wolves planning their next meal, awaiting their next prey, and they are oh so meticulous in their hunt.

"Bully" was so hard to watch. I guess seeing what happened to these children (some lived; some did not) brought back too many memories of how I felt. I had no one to turn to: my parents were vicious people who thought every problem could be solved with clinched fists or clubs of some sort; teachers would not help, and if you would have gone to the police, you'd have been laughed out of their office. These children suffered the same: the vice principal who was about as useful as a screendoor on a submarine. I was repulsed at her trying to make a bullying victim feel that somehow he was just as much to blame as his tormentor was.

The viewer is introduced to many cases of bullying. Alex Hopkins was one child who suffered so many indignities on a daily basis, that he finally began to feel NOTHING. His parents (or what passed for parents) were in complete denial of what he was going through. The conversation that his father had with him (in the presence of Alex's sister) was sickening. All the father was concerned about was what was Alex going to do to protect his sister because she was already being picked on. Sister's reply was, "They pick on me because they think you're creepy." What was the father's reaction: ZERO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's really helpful to help terms understand the effects of ...
It's really helpful to help terms understand the effects of bullying on other students. I wish it was a little more racially diverse.
Published 17 hours ago by DIMR95
5.0 out of 5 stars Thi is a fact of life everyone should be made ...
Thi is a fact of life everyone should be made aware. It will stew in your brain after your first viewing with a new appreciation of what some people live with or choose not to. Read more
Published 4 days ago by gilart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very moving insight to families dealing with this issue and the true lack of support by the schools.
Published 4 days ago by Julie Schumacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Watched this with my kids. Wonderful lesson
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow to start but an important film for ...
A little slow to start but an important film for school kids to see. It's enlightening to see how ineffective some administrators are in that they do not take bullying seriously.
Published 5 days ago by Shelly
4.0 out of 5 stars "You'll have to trust me that we'll take care of this."
BULLY (a/k/a THE BULLY PROJECT, 2011, 85 minutes) was one of the few films that made me weep and get so distraught I can't recall most of the names of the children. Read more
Published 9 days ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was eassy to rent and clear to watch also it cheaper
Published 12 days ago by nadhira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film. Makes you really think.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Used parts of it in my college psychology class. Helpful to students understanding.
Published 16 days ago by Paul R. Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by Deanna Goodwin
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