“Bully” Trailer Released By The Weinstein Company

    March 7, 2012
    Jeremy Muncy
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The Weinstein Company has released the official trailer for their much talked about documentary Bully. The trailers release comes on the heels of the MPAA slapping an R rating on the movie, which angered many individuals.

UPDATE: It now appears as though the MPAA has no plans on changing the rating of the film, which is truly a travesty.

In an effort to battle against the MPAA rating of Bully, so the film can be shown in schools, there is a petition with over 200,000 signatures that will be hand delivered to the MPAA by 17-year old Katy Butler of Michigan, who initially started gathering the signatures.

If you’re unfamiliar with the film Bully, it debuted last April at the Tribeca film festival. You an read the official synopsis below:

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 Americas 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.

What did you think of the trailer? Is this something you feel should be shown in schools? Let us know your thoughts in the comment area below.

  • Danielle

    “Bully” should absolutely be shown in schools. Kids are being bullied to the extent that they take their own lives, some of whom haven’t even hit their teenage years. Bullies and parents of bullies can say all they want that it’s not a big issue, and school administrations can pretend there is nothing wrong, but a change should be made. Even if they’re just kids, they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.

  • Cforl

    Parents, they should make a movie called “stop pampering your kids” or “tell em’ hit back” because this is real life and if your kid can’t deal with a lil pushing and shoving, then what are they going to do in the real world where everyone is cut throat? Graduating in 2005 I went through this shit and the movie is right to point out the incorrect thing to do is excuse the behavior. On either side of this (bully or being bullied) the lack of proper guidance is the real issue.

    • AmandaJ

      I don’t think blaming the victim is the game to play here. You may have been able to cope with bullies, but not all people are created equally resilient, and therefore cannot handle the same situations as well. As a young high school teacher, who graduated from high school herself in 2006, I absolutely see a need for this film. No student, no matter if their parent “pampers” them, should be mistreated physically or emotionally. I work in a small school, but see the need to teach these kids empathy and understanding of others’ differences and the effect their actions can have on others.
      And besides that, it’s not just kids who are “pampered.” I have students who don’t have stable homes nor ANY emotional support. If kids have no one to take care of them at school and go home to a neglectful family, they may handle these things much differently than a student who has a stronger support system.
      I could go on about this issue forever. Even though I have only been in the classroom for 2 years, I have heard so many painful stories from my students who have confided in me personally and in their writing. I’m not saying kids won’t have problems, but severe feelings of insignificance or inadequacy from the hand (or mouth) of another is absolutely unacceptable.

      • Q

        Most bullies are projecting the environment they live in. Parents need to see this movie too.

    • E

      I can tell that you weren’t bullied when you went to school if that’s your response. I bet you had friends as well. Guess what, I didn’t, I also didn’t have parents who would listen to me. I wasn’t bullied because my parents ‘pampered me’ my dad taught me how to fight, he taught me how to fight back, however he also told me to be very careful if I ever did need to fight back as then I would be the one in trouble, not the other person. Bullying however is not all about a little pushing and shoving. I had kids that put leaves in my hair, kids who whispered behind my back and made up stories about me. All just so they would appear to be ‘cool’ to their friends. Being bullied is NOT the bullieds fault, they try to fight back and the bullying just gets worse and usually escalates into violence.

      I had a friend who was bullied, he was punched, kicked and did not fight back, he did what the schools told him to do, which was to walk away. Guess what…. he tried to do just that, he got 6 weeks out of school suspension, and what did the other people get? (yes this was a group against one!) 1 week of detention. So the next time he fought back when he was punched, he got kicked out of school and the other kids got nothing!

  • Dudefest

    Why not just make an edited version that’s suitable for a younger age group but still makes all the main points?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/jeremy-muncy Jeremy Muncy

      This appears to be the way the MPAA wants the filmmakers to take Bully, as they’ve stated that they have no plans on changing the rating of film.


      • Mark

        Good point Jeremy. Feel for those guys. Happened to me, too. Interestingly enough I am now a retired Marine LtCol with 3 combat tours to the sandbox. So not only am I clinically certified with childhood PTSD, but it has been exacerbated by my service. I’m sure you guys don’t want to hear a story from a 55-year old that still carries postal ideations about those who truly wronged him and everyday teeters on the verge of that precipice. Those who weren’t bullied, or threatened by teachers (seriously), or had teachers watch while you were being bullied and let it continue, or had administration and even parents who turned a blind eye…you don’t know the living hell that is to be the recipient. BUT, I don’t consider myself a victim. God save the poor soul that wrongs or intimidates me today though. Those days and thoughts of them run deep in people like me. It is only with God’s blessings that people are saved from those like me today. I CHOOSE to be patient and forgiving…unlike the myriad of those who “trained” me in life.

  • sarah

    This is not just “pushing and shoving.” If two young boys want to get in a fight about who stole who’s girlfriend or who bumped in to who first, then fine. But this is not an equal fight. There are children who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, and some who are simply socially awkward. We are not all equal, and we can not all defend ourselves equally. Some people are not “wired” to behave in such an aggressive way; they will not stand up for themselves they way they might be expected to. When a fight is one sided it is not longer a fight; it is bullying. If you honestly think the ‘cut-throat’ real world consists of demeaning, taunting, and physically harming children other individuals purely for entertainments sake, you are living a completely distorted reality.

  • Nancy

    This movie should definitely be shown in schools. There cannot be anything in this movie that kids under 18 have not heard, seen, or witnessed. If a difference is going to be made, the kids have to be on-board with it.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/jeremy-muncy Jeremy Muncy

      I guess my overall question is, if the school system deems the movie to be of some merit for the students, why not show it, even with the “R” rating. They could send home a letter to be signed if need be.

  • Joanne

    Definitely should be shown in schools.

  • Terri Robertsw

    Should be mandatory! All middle and high schools!!!!

  • Duhknees

    I would have to see the whole film to judge, but it looks realistic to me. I am a teacher, and I think most of the anti-bully stuff is off the mark, suggesting bullies are just kids who lack self-esteem, and that teachers can see everything happening but are ignoring it. Both myths are false. Bullies have too much self esteem, and teachers cannot possibly catch much of the bullying. One, they are busy teaching, and two, much of bullying is subtle, couched in whispers, sarcasm, and ambiguity, so that the bully’s actions can appear innocent. Only kids not directly involved can stop bullying, and that’s hard to teach in a world that savors violence as much as ours.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/jeremy-muncy Jeremy Muncy

      Thanks for providing the perspective from the teachers side of things.

    • chas

      im sorry but when i get a full bottle of soda thrown at my head and it makes contact and my teacher just continues to stare at me then there is a problem. When i walk in with a footprint bigger then my own foot pounded into my face and covered in blood and my teacher says i did it to myself there is something wrong.

      these were several years apart at two cpompletely different school. i dont agree that the anti bullying stuff is off the mark. i think there are teachers in this world who find it easier to ignore what is going on then to stop it and that is why 11 year old kids commit suicide.

      • JB

        I agree with Chas 100%. The schools I grew up in, split between two districts and even two private schools, still to this day operate on a disciplinary principle pioneered decades ago that the bully is in fact the victim, forced into unfortunate situations by malicious false victims, that tattling itself is the offense to be punished, or that no matter how obvious, an offense can’t be punished if it’s word against word.

        Teacher’s can’t shirk responsibility because they can’t catch bullying. The police don’t shirk responsibility for violent crime because they don’t catch most incidents. Because people damn well report it, and the results are damn obvious and damn visible, despite decades of systematically silencing victims.

  • Krys Quinlan

    I work in a high school. This is exactly what these kids need to see. How the bullied feel. Each and everyday that they are bullied. Almost as important the parents and staff at all levels of primary education need to see this. The woman that said “I have been on the bus. Those kids are good as gold” is kidding herself. How does she think they are going to act with an adult other than the driver on board. She is either very naive or bold face lying to this parent to save face for herself and the school. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! This whole situation just makes me livid.

  • Lynne

    This definitely should be shown in schools. When I was in JR High, a kid my age committed suicide. As a school, we were told he was playing a “prank” and even to this day people “think” it was an accident. I guess people are too afraid to admit and see the truth.

  • Nick

    I agree that this is a film that needs to be seen [as a few people have already stated] not only by all children of every level of schooling, but by parents, school faculties, every level of administration, and by every other adult in this country. What we also need is for all of our elected officials to see this movie as well. It is balanced and it is fair, without giving up on its core message.

    What we need to do is stop pointing fingers and letting the problem fester as we squabble amongst ourselves on who is to blame and just nip the problem for good. Even setting the side of the endless fact that bullies are in-turn bullies themselves and the vicious cycle continuing. Awareness and the continued effort to fix the problem is arduous and long, but it is one worth fighting over.

    I was bullied, but I was able to fight back. I am studying to be a psychologist to share my strength and resolve with children who need the help. Gah, sorry, I’m rambling now, but I think it’s quite obvious how passionately I feel about this topic.

    My overall hope is that the rating will not detour parents or schools. I see the only extra paper work being simply a permission slip sent home for the parents to give a thumbs up to seeing it… though I think films like these should have a category and rating system all there own… and that’s my two cents on the matter.

  • http://www.thebullyactionguide.com Edward F. Dragan

    This is a film that should be viewed by as many teachers, administrators, parents and kids as possible. The ill-placed R rating might make it a little more difficult for school children to see it and for schools to show it but there is always a way around it. Schools can request parental permission to show it–and parents will agree. Parents can buy tickets for their child and see the film with them. Parents, it’s a good vehicle for discussion of empathy.

    Edward F. Dragan, EdD, author, “The Bully Action Guide: How to Help Your Child and Get Your School to Listen.”

  • Nicki

    This film absolutely should be shown in schools. This is a crisis and we all need to join the movement. Do whatever it takes to get through to these kids, consider my permission slip signed!

  • http://www.2safeschools.org jkraemer

    The Bully movie is not a fictional movie for so-called entertainment. It is a documentary and is only accurate when it reflects the actual environment. Pompous or lackadaisical hide-n-seek school administrations and gasping parents ought to stop with the denial and get with helping to intervene. There is no proven method to stop bullying without the help of the civil children, civil parents, and effective support. Hard-core bullies are unrelenting until the civil involved step up and put a stop to it. Too few seem to understand that to tolerate bullying says as much about what’s amiss in the characters of the spectators as it does about the bully’s malbehavior. More watch a fight than stop one. The documentary, ‘Bully’, addresses this issue in actual environments with none of the smoothing effect to hide the reality in too many of the schools these days. The producers don’t seem to have a bone to pick, simply the facts to present.

  • I’m a Bull and I don’t give two fucks

    Who cares?

  • E

    If this is rated R and can’t be shown to children, then I guess our schools are also R rated and shouldn’t allow children to be there. This is ridiculous that something that is true and is happening to children all over is too gruesome, mature or whatever prompted the R rating for children to see. So now children can’t see their own lives?

  • Lauren

    This is an important film and should absolutely be shown in schools. If the MPAA won’t change the rating, isn’t there a way to edit a PG-13 version with bleeps/etc. so it can be shown to children ??!!

  • http://WebProNews Jon

    By all means, this should be MANDATORY viewing in schools everywhere. My daughter was a victim of bullying in school. She became depresssed and wouldn’t talk to anyone about it. I was afraid of what this group of girls would do to her and worried she might harm herself. Somehow we worked through it. We talked with the other parents involved, the school,etc. It all worked out because we all collectively worked on it. I thank God she is okay every single day. This could change a lot of peoples lives. The MPAA really should reconsider the R rating. It’s a matter of life and death.

  • sandi bright

    Bullying never really stops. I work with a woman who admits to having been the biggest bully in her Catholic high school in Baltimore, MD. She is still a bully. In the work place, if things do not go her way, she become angry and agressive toward co-workers. There is a lot of name calling, threats of waiting for you after work. These sound like petty things- until you are forced to work with her and cannot always prove these issues because mangement is not there to see it happen. She even goes as far as yelling at customers if she feels she has been slighted in any way. Unfortunately, she has years of experience at being the bully. There are many things that happen with no explanation and no witnessess: tires slashed, cars keyed, lunches brought from home found in the trash can, people phoning you at work being told you did not come in that day. Yes, all very petty, but with no proof there seems nothing can be done. It is odd how nothing ever happens to her car, or to her lunch!

  • sblog

    I don’t agree with changing the rating standards for this film just because some people think it is important. Then the next thing that comes along will be equally important to another group and they will want their rating lowered as well.
    I do agree with showing this in school if parents are allowed an opportunity to view it before signing a permission slip.

  • lucy

    Everything comes back to what happens at home. How involved a parent is.stop leaving your job to school officials, teachers, peers, and be a parent. Teach your kid bullying is wrong and teach your kid to stand up to bullies. Everyone gets bullied. My mom did. My dad did. I did. Siblings did and we survived. If i came home and cried i was being bullied id probably get a show thrown at me.

  • Sarah

    Absolutely show it. Show it to kids but also to parents and teachers. Bullying isn’t okay.

  • Cara

    Remove some of the language and it would be PG-13. Get out the beeper for the kids who’s parents won’t let them watch rated R movies, the kids will understand why it’s being beeped out and understand that it’s harsh language. This isn’t brain surgery. If you use excessive swearing then it deserves a rating of R.

  • Kendall

    If honestly we could do what used to be done, a kid was bullied he beat the shit out of the bully, and then everyone was cool, you do that now and you are put in jail or Juvenal, it is stupid.

  • Marisa

    This is ridiculous. If given an R rating, only those who are over 17 will be “legally” allowed to view it. How does that make any sense? Those UNDER this age are the ones that need to see the consequences of bullying. It’s the pre-teens and teenagers that are most affected by this – THEY are the ones that need to see what looks like an excellent documentary. Sweeping this issue under the rug won’t help anything. Censoring the kids from this film isn’t doing any good for anyone.

  • http://webpronews.com Darlene

    Show this movie in schools, our children need to see it. Everyone needs this “in your face” reality. Its definately time to stop pointing fingers of blame and “sweeping under the rug” the harsh truth. As adults, we file ploice reports and charge those who assault us, who will stand up for our children if parents and educators will not. These children are our future, all of them are precious gifts. Mold them into beautiful, intellegent, responsible and conscious adults.

  • kelly

    I agree people are geared differently to handle things aggressively. I was bullied, until I embarrassed the bully. I stood up for myself and others from that day forward. The strong do survive. Its up to you, as an individual to make the change. My parents couldn’t come to school with me. I was never bullied again.