Bully

Bully

DVD - 2013
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This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the 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. Documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.
Published: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD 302.343 BUL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Derringer
Jan 08, 2017

And, speaking about bullies - I'd confidently say that this computer age of ours has certainly produced a whole new breed of these nasty monsters like never before imagined.

I mean, when you're a bully - Isn't the total anonymity of the internet a wonderful place to harass others and make a total nuisance of yourself?

I know that not many of you are aware of this - But, right now, on these very library websites (that cover the entire lower mainland) - There are certain users who are the most vicious and spiteful bullies imaginable. It's true.

These bullies believe that (when it comes to movies, books, and music) their opinions are, naturally, the only ones that matter.

And if another user posts comments on the library bibliocommons that aren't in sync with the bully's, then (as they closely police each library's webpage) they will see to it that that user's comments are promptly replaced by theirs' at the top of the page.

*Note* - This bully problem that I've just described here is taking place mainly at Vancouver and North Vancouver's libraries.

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princeofdarkness
Oct 25, 2016

This is a film about bullying but not about bullies. That said, I would have to, with some degree of reluctance, agree with those who believe that the film is a bit of a whitewash. Having experienced some bullying myself, I can empathize with the victims of this epidemic but surely some light has to be shed on the perpetrators and the enablers. Those people and institutions have escaped what should have been a very long, hard look into the current culture of harassment that lies beneath the surface of all the fine work done by the anti-bullying movement. There is a dirty little secret (bullies are still waiting for their next victim or victory) that needs to be told, and this film is an opportunity missed.

Aka_Aka_Aka Sep 21, 2016

I'd say that the biggest bullies in the world today are the ones that have been brought out of their closets by the "Computer Age" that we now live in. They are the biggest cowards of all as they continue to dish out their dirt and hide behind anonymity.

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mackenzie90009
Oct 12, 2015

if kids are being bullied and the parents dont care that just not taking care of your child and thts really stupid for that just saying not to be rude

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MarieMarguerite
Jun 18, 2015

Does show the indifference of teachers who are hand-tied and seem to have absolutely no power over this problem what-so-ever. Was hoping to see something to empower the victims, their parents and the officials. Another movie showing the helplessness of this situation and the reason why bullying is still so stressful and on the rise !!! Progressively more encounters in adult bullying at work and in society as a hole. As a 65 yr. old female, I am very much in this terrifying situation !!!

real_thing Nov 04, 2014

if the children r mean the parents must be idiots.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 05, 2014

(In regards to this documentary) - When it came to the likes of bullying, I found it rather peculiar that director Lee Hirsch chose to zero-in on this vicious activity within the very boundaries of America's "Bible Belt" States.

Like (within this vast nation of the States), is this area of the USA really supposed to be where the most focused incidents of teen bullying is taking place? If this is so, then it certainly gave this viewer the impression that there actually might be a direct correlation between the act of bible-thumping and the desire to be a nasty, little bully.

Of course, there can be no denying that this decidedly cruel business of bullying is a mighty tough and touchy subject to tackle and deal with both in an objective and responsible manner.

For one thing, producing a documentary (like this one) that completely concentrates on the victims of this viciousness only results in an imbalanced viewpoint and doesn't offer one any reasonable solutions to the problem.

What a documentary of this one's nature really needs to do (and this one didn't) is to offer the viewer some clear insight into the motives of bullies and, with hidden cameras (of course, a big no-no), go into the homes of these bullying culprits to expose what it is there that breeds this sort of behaviour from behind closed doors.

Though I believe that this documentary was made with the very best of intentions in mind, one of Bully's main problems was its inability to hold its audience's rapt attention, throughout. If you were to show Bully to your teens, I really doubt that it would have enough clout to sustain their undivided interest for more than 15 minutes, at most.

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re_discover
Nov 08, 2013

The violence in this film is shocking. There is an obvious disconnect between the administration and the students.

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neonkc
Sep 23, 2013

very good

lasertravis Jul 08, 2013

Good documentary about a very big problem. I agree that it doesn't do much in the way of solving the issue, or even offering solutions to the problem, but it at least calls attention to it. Some of the footage is pretty disturbing. Bullying is a serious problem. I hope one day the people in charge of fixing it come up with a solution.

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