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Genre Documentary
Running Time 94 min
Release Date Mar 30, 2012
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Following 5 kids and families over the course of a school year, stories include 2 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 glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, offering insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, the dire consequences… Show more

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April 13, 2012 - Boston.com - By Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

The new documentary “Bully” applies a gloss of lyricism to the ugliness of adolescent torment. The editing lingers on the hands and face of a father whose bullied son killed himself a few years ago. A sequence or so later, the camera is inside a school bus as it fills with children, one of whom gazes yonder with incredible solemnity. You notice the clarity of the digital photography and the precision of the framing. You feel the chill of a glee-club version of “Teenage Dirtbag” that plays as each new child fades into the frame. The song is a revenge-of-the-misfits anthem that was popular a dozen years ago, and the cheering swell of the voices only heightens the bitterness of the lyrics. It’s a scene that captures the split personality of some early school experiences – innocence masking misery.

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