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"It's 4 a.m... do you know where your kids are?"
  • R
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.9  (40,073)
  • 45

Bully is a 2001 drama film directed by Larry Clark and written by Zachary Long and Roger Pullis. The movie is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who conspire to kill their bully. The cast includes Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Kelli Garner, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Daniel Franzese. The story takes place in Hollywood, Florida, and revolves around a group of high school students who are fed up with the constant bullying they experience from their classmate Bobby Kent (Stahl), who is known for his brutal and sadistic behavior. Marty (Renfro), the leader of the group, convinces his friend Bobby (Pitt) to help him with a plan to get rid of Kent. The group includes Ali (Phillips), who is Marty's girlfriend, Lisa (Miner), who is Marty's ex-girlfriend, Derek (Fitzpatrick), who is Kent's best friend, and Donny (Franzese), who is Lisa's boyfriend.

The plot of the movie follows the group's plan to kill Kent, which includes tricking him into going to a remote location, where they plan to beat him to death. The plan unfolds in a way that none of the group members expected, and the movie shows the consequences of their actions.

Bully is a gritty and dark movie that tackles the issue of bullying in a raw and uncompromising way. The movie portrays the characters as flawed and troubled individuals who are grappling with their own demons, and the story doesn't offer any easy solutions to the problem of bullying.

The performances by the actors are powerful and convincing, particularly Renfro, Stahl, and Phillips, who play the main characters. Renfro's portrayal of Marty is both sympathetic and disturbing, as he vacillates between being a victim of bullying and a perpetrator of violence. Stahl's portrayal of Kent is chilling and menacing, and he manages to convey the character's cruelty and arrogance convincingly. Phillips, who plays Ali, brings complexity to her character, who is torn between her loyalty to Marty and her own desire for revenge.

The movie's director, Larry Clark, is known for his controversial and provocative films, and Bully is no exception. The movie features explicit nudity, drug use, and violence, and it is not recommended for younger audiences. However, the movie's disturbing subject matter is handled with sensitivity and intelligence, and the story is compelling and thought-provoking.

Overall, Bully is a powerful and disturbing movie that tackles the issue of bullying in a raw and unflinching way. The movie offers no easy answers to the problem, but it raises important questions about how society should address the issue of bullying, and it provides a stark reminder that the consequences of bullying can be deadly.

Bully is a 2001 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 45.

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  • Release Date
    2001
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 53 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (40,073)
  • Metascore
    45