If you've been following the trials and tribulations of the documentary Bully and support its cause, then this week is when the film -- and movement -- will need you the most. Bully hits a limited amount of theaters on Friday, March 30th, and with it comes the loud rumblings of a movement that grew larger when the MPAA refused to lower the film's rating to a PG-13 after they slapped it with an R. But with that whole ratings thing over and done with (The Weinstein Co. has decided to release the film uncut and unrated), it's time to refocus our attention on the topic at hand and spread the word that bullying, in all its various negative, hurtful forms, needs to end.
You can start speaking up as early as tomorrow, which is "Anti-Bullying Twitter Tuesday," where you can follow @BullyMovie and retweet the following: "13 million kids get bullied every year. It's time to take a stand. Repost to stop bullying. #BullyMovie." From there, you should definitely see the film (especially if you have been affected by bullying in any way), and look for ways to help stop the bullying that surrounds your life, be it in school, at work or at home.
Movies.com is a big supporter of this film and this cause, and we're happy to premiere two exclusive PSAs from Bully director Lee Hirsch and Bob Balaban. Check them out below, with the film's synopsis, and make a point to see the film this weekend.
To purchase tickets and see if Bully is playing near you, head over to our sister site Fandango, where you can also read an excellent editorial from our buddy Chuck Walton on why it's so important to see and support this film.
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. BULLY 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. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.