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Bully (2011)

Lee Hirsch  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 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 (252 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4TMLKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,407 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!

Editorial Reviews

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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107 of 115 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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39 of 44 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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25 of 30 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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8 of 9 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's one documentary that holds your interest the whole time. Very motivating
Published 3 days ago by Geraldine Schaa
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a black and white issue..
I did not like this film as i feel it does not give a honest and educational view of bullying. Regardless of how well meaning the movie makers intentions are the film is very good... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see movie
This is a must see for all parents and school staff. It is a shock to see the reality of life for some of our students.
Published 8 days ago by LLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 11 days ago by 20MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent documentary abotut a topic that plagues our schools and neighborhoods.
Published 27 days ago by Charles J. Mcpeak
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids seem to get a lot out of the movie and the discussions that...
I use this DVD and program with my students at the start of each school year. The kids seem to get a lot out of the movie and the discussions that take place after watching it are... Read more
Published 28 days ago by W. Esparza
5.0 out of 5 stars its so sad that people bully others we are old the same ...
its so sad that people bully others we are old the same and help each other and love each other i cry watching this movies
Published 29 days ago by edith
1.0 out of 5 stars Very damaging for people to see this movie
So disgusting. Promotes the way of life that is destroying our people, families, cities and nation. I could hardly watch any of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching about Bullying
I utilize this DVD in my classrooms. Students always need to learn the impact of bullying others. Adults have responsibilities as well to understand this is not a mild issue to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational documentary
I am an educator and documentaries on education are a favorite of mine. This one compares very favorably. Bullying is a real issue and needs to be taken seriously. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JMX
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