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Bully (2011)

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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

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Lee Hirsch
8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ja'Meya Jackson Ja'Meya Jackson ... Herself
Kelby Johnson Kelby Johnson ... Herself
Lona Johnson Lona Johnson ... Herself
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ... Himself
Alex Libby Alex Libby ... Himself
Jackie Libby Jackie Libby ... Herself
Philip Libby Philip Libby ... Himself
Maya Libby Maya Libby ... Herself
Jada Libby Jada Libby ... Herself
Ethan Libby Ethan Libby ... Himself
Logan Libby Logan Libby ... Himself
Kim Lockwood Kim Lockwood ... Herself
David Long David Long ... Himself
Tina Long Tina Long ... Herself
Teryn Long Teryn Long ... Herself
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Storyline

This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. BULLY opens on the first day of school. For the more than 13 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that's certain is that this year, like every other, bullying will be a big part of whatever meets them at their school's front doors. ... Written by Lowen, Cynthia; Hirsch, Lee

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It's time to take a stand See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bully See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,472, 1 April 2012

Gross USA:

$4,142,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,411,649
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anderson Cooper is a strong advocate of this documentary and the movement against bullying that it has stimulated. It was featured on Anderson Cooper 360° (2003) in October 2011, at the "Bullying: It Stops Here" town hall program special. Kelly Ripa, Rosalind Wiseman and Phil McGraw also shared their reactions to and support of the movie. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Alex is walking down the street and throwing a stick is inverted. The "Mitsubishi" text on the back of the truck is flipped. See more »

Quotes

Alex Libby: Girls are like candy. Sometimes you want a Hershey bar and sometimes you want a Snickers. You can't really tell what you want. Sometimes you want, like, a popsicle. It is a complicated feeling.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Love Is a Many Splintered Thing (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

One Headlight
Written by Jakob Dylan (uncredited)
Performed by The Wallflowers (uncredited)
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Important subject deserved better
23 April 2012 | by wildman0228-1See all my reviews

I agree much with another reviewer and had the same reaction. I wanted it to be a great movie so could recommend it everyone & maybe it would win the Oscar which would shed even more publicity/light on this very important subject. I can't and it probably won't even get nominated. While it had many emotional moments, as a whole it was kind of flat and jumped all over the place without any seeming purpose for the moves that made it difficult to follow. Very disappointed - but kudos for trying and for what was accomplished. To be fair, I do not see many documentaries, usually Michael Moore or nominated films. I guess my expectations were too high.


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