I think this looks like a good movie that everyone should watch. I’m sad that the MPAA did not change the rating to PG-13. I think it’s something that kids should see and if it stays rated R, they won’t be able to. Here’s to hope schools will screen it anyhow. The release date is supposed to be 30 March 2012. There is a link to a petition to make the MPAA reconsider. If you agree after watching this and reading some of the comments on the petition, sign it.
Here is the synopsis that they have released: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Safe and Drug-Free Schools estimates that over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. In the new documentary BULLY, award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch (AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY) brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” cliches, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.