FILM: Bully (2001)

Plot: Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them. IMDB: Bully (2001)

Credits: Director: Larry Clark; Story: Jim Schutze (book “Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge”); Screenplay: David McKenna & Roger Pullis; Cast: Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner, Daniel Franzese, Navah Paulding, Jessica Sutta, Rick Seguso; Cinematographer: Steve Gainer; Film Editing: Andrew Hafitz; Production Design: Linda Burton; Art Direction: Laura Harper; Music: Scott Grusin

Film Achievements: 2002 Prism Certificate of Merit Theatrical Feature Film; 2001 Stockholm Film Festival Best Actress – Rachel Miner; 2001 Stockholm Film Festival Bronze Horse – Larry Clark; 2001 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Nomination – Larry Clark

NYTimes.com: “Bully” is based on the true story of a murder in South Florida, and it purports to be a raw and honest examination of the violent, hedonistic, amoral lives of America’s youth, or at least a particularly decadent and photogenic cross-section of it. The film’s director, Larry Clark, has visited this territory before, in the disquieting “Kids,” which looks like mid-period Woody Allen compared to “Bully.” The story is horrifying and, if it had been competently and sensitively told, might have made a powerful and important film. But Mr. Clark seems to have approached it without a thought in his head, as though declaring his solidarity with the empty minds of the characters. Some of his detractors have called Mr. Clark a pornographer, but this is an insult to honest smut-peddlers, who treat their subjects with more respect than he does. – A. O. Scott CLICK HERE

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