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Bully

00:00 May 04, 2012
By: Fritz Esker
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is a documentary depicting the torments of the bullied, giving audiences a look at the daily toll that sustained bullying takes on children.

The film regularly shifts perspectives between several bullying victims and the parents of two boys who committed suicide due to incessant ridicule at school. at its best, Bully puts a human face on bullied kids and makes viewers understand the maddening frustrations they face in trying to get administrators to do anything about it. in fact, arguably the film's most loathsome character is an assistant principal who hides her inaction behind warm, fuzzy talk and a politician's smile.

But despite its impeccable intentions, Bully is not quite as good or as powerful as it could be. eventually, the depictions of bullying grow repetitive. the film could have used some insight into why bullying oc curs—interviews with experts, or interviews with adults who were bullied as children who might lend some perspective as to why they behaved so horribly as kids. Bully admirably wants to be a movie that serves as a catalyst to help stop bullying. But to stop something, you need to gain an understanding of why it's happening in the first place.

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