Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, "The Bully Project" is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis. "The Bully Project" follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. 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 glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, "The Bully Project" examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.
HitFix Reviews and Ratings
B"Bully" takes an emotion driven approach to exploring the topic of excessive bullying and although it doesn't dive deep enough into its subject, it's still an affecting piece of work well worth seeing by both adults and kids. Which is why the primary pre-release controversy surrounding the movie -- the MPAA's decision to give it a R rating -- is so frustrating.
- Directed by - Lee Hirsch
- Distributed by - The Weinstein Company
- MPAA Rating - Unrated