There has been a string of suicides over the past year from children and teens of all ages. Children who choose to end their life because others torment them day in and day out. From people with disabilities to differences in sexual orientation, news reports from the smallest towns and largest have made their way nationally. Hollywood has taken notice and been campaigning for months now against bullying.
So why not take people who have been suffering and make an example of them? ‘Bully’ is the story of five kids, documented on a daily basis by director Lee Hirsch, who are bullied on a daily basis in high school. These five kids came from different high schools, in different states and are bullied for completely different reasons. The film isn’t necessarily just about standing up to bullying and fighting against it. No, the film’s purpose is to bring awareness to people of all ages on just how emotionally troubling bullying can become.
Due to strong profanity and aggressiveness towards the individuals being bullied in this film, it was given an “R” rating. The filmmakers and advocates disagreed on the rating and tried and protested so that people who are targeted in ‘Bully’ could also see it. Luckily, the powerful Weinsteins jumped on board and agreed to not only help it make theaters, but send it to theaters with an “Unrated” rating. This allows adults, teens and children to see it without restriction.
‘Bully’ has a 93% grade on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that minus a few complaints, the film is critically acclaimed. The documentary opened this weekend in theaters in Los Angeles and New York and the Weinsteins plan on rolling it out to more cities in the near future. While many people haven’t been bullied their whole lives, millions have been and if any movie was important to see during the current state of social media, budget cuts in schools and more, it’s this one. The film may not become a huge hit, but you can bet its story will touch many for a long time. If you’re in LA or NY, ‘Bully’ is out in theaters now.