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Bully (2011)

Lee Hirsch  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Lee Hirsch
  • Writers: Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen
  • Format: 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 (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,280 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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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see it, but not everyone will February 17, 2013
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
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is, but missing a lot April 6, 2013
All the reviewers keep saying that all kids need to see this. I think all adults need to see this and get lessons along that way on how to deal with these situations. There were so many points in this where the adults fail, even the parents. Specifically Alex's parents. His own sister calls him names and the parents do nothing. At one point his dad worries that his sister will now be bullied because Alex has not come forward with the situation. When the sister says she's going to get bullied because all the kids at her school think he is creepy, the dad says nothing! When the mother sees footage of Alex being bullied on the bus and then talks with him about it, she does a poor job. It's almost like she blames him for accepting it and asks if he likes it. She should be modeling empathy and validating his feelings. It's very sad to watch.

Don't even get me started on the school officials. They were worse.

And, watching the way the bullies act and speak made me wonder where they learned that behavior. Probably from their parents!

It's too much to put this on the kids (bullies or victims). Bullying lays mainly on the shoulders of adults - parents, teachers, school staff, community members, etc....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch with your kids
I recommend parents watch this film with their children. There is a small amount of language, but nothing too terrible.

I would recommend this film.
Published 1 day ago by Maxx Marriott
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
It's a must see for everyone. A documentary following some students subjected to bullying on a daily basis whether it physical or verbal, both of which cause... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Two Cents
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
I showed this to my Child and Lifespan Development class in our unit about Bully Prevention. The students were very moved by this movie. Powerful.
Published 15 days ago by Tina Ruffner
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I thought this was going to be educational, thought-provoking movie, due to all the ratings and publicity it received, but all it did was make me angry. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hemi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Use it with Middle school students. Really gets the point across and opens dialog. I would suggest all students to view this movie.
Published 20 days ago by Stacey Turknett
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch
As a dad this was a very hard film to watch. Anger and sadness are some of the feelings watching this film. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Joe M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching but has some suggestions for counteracting bullying
Arrived in good condition within the time stated. I'd highly recommend this DVD as a discussion starter in church and parent groups. Read more
Published 22 days ago by C J. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars We showed this to our entire Junior High
This was an awesome movie to show students. We spent a day in small groups discussing this move and making student aware what bullying looks like. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Waltzing Matilda
4.0 out of 5 stars Addressed the issue of bullying in our schools.
As entertainment not a great choice. If interested in the effects bullying can have on our children's lives then watch it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ROGER W. HAWKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch
But worth it. Very powerful film that makes you wonder what the answers are to fix the problem in our schools
Published 1 month ago by Alesa A Kerr
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