A film featuring the dissection of hostility in kids is well overdue. That’s why we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray doc "Bully" out Feb. 12 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Cruelty in kid form gets reviewed below.
Director: Lee Hirsch
Runtime: 99 minutes
Release Company: Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay
The Flick: Let me start off by saying I was bullied as a kid growing up. (They referred to me and my pal as the “Coleman Clan”!) So I know first hand the anguish felt by being picked on as a child. The new doc "Bully" finally does bring some of the actual events to the forefront, but it’s the aftereffects by all involved that makes for an even more moving piece. Hearing stories from parents whose children have committed suicide, from kids being tortured on a daily basis and especially frustrated teachers who feel helpless all provide the dramatic backbone for a previously mum subject that is long overdue to be examined and brought out into the light. My only reservation on this one is the fact that we only see a pinch of the kind of behavior that rears it’s ugly head for those being traumatized (this was a PG-13 version, so perhaps there’s more in the R-rated one?) – showing the worst of the worst would have had an even deeper, more meaningful and longer lasting effect for sure.
Best Feature: 'The Bully Project at Work' shows how schools took the messages of the film an incorporated them into their daily routine – inspiring stuff.
Best Hidden Gem: There’s a section where Meryl Streep talks about getting the film from Harvey Weinstein and admits that even she got bullied.
Worth the Moola: A much needed doc for sure, just wish those who have not been affected could have seen what it’s really like.