You might have read about some of the controversy surrounding Bully already. The buzzed-about documentary, opening March 30th in theaters, has been making the news rounds after the MPAA slapped it with an R rating for "some language" instead of granting distributor Weinstein Company a preferred PG-13 rating.
I taught elementary school for 26 years, having just retired last fall. I am here to tell you that it would be a rare second grader who hasn't heard every filthy word in the English language and probably several in Spanish and Russian, depending on which immigrants attend his/her school. One of the first ways a young, unsophisticated bully starts is by saying words that they know are against the rules and will provoke and upset some of their peers. This makes them appear bold and scary. The "wee bully" could be a kindergartner who has learned to shock and awe with hand gestures. I have had many an 8 year old come to me in tears, saying so and so won't stop saying the "F" word. So, rating this move for language is interesting
I just saw the film. I think an R rating makes sense, because it is an intense film that kids should see with their parents. But I also think it should be required viewing for school staff. Moreover, many films that get PG-13 ratings, such as The Transformers, are devoid of any serious message and contain tons of gratuitous violence. Don't get me wrong. I like action movies and don't want to give Transformers an R. But this is deeper than a simple rating as we're dealing with real kids' real lives.
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I agree that it should be PG13. I also feel schools should require the teachers and staff to view the movie. While watching my son be painfully bullied I realized that the teacher and the principal didn't know how (or didn't want) to deal with it. In our case, the bully and his mother were protected by the school because the mom has made various bad husband decisions. Therefore the bully is struggling in his home life. That's NOT my problem, nor does it give this little jerk the right to use my son as his personal punching bag mentally and physically. Since most states require an anti-bullying policy to be in place by schools, perhaps this should be a required viewing for the students that is given by the schools through this program.
I would really love to see this film, I've been on the recieving end of bullying my entire scholastic life, this is the first time I've been able to go to a learning environment and not get bullied... I'm 21. Kids need to learn what they do and say affects other children, abd whilst I agree with Cookie-chan that life isn't PG13, I still think an R rating is too high for 'some' language.
I think an "R" rating is fine. The reason being is that this documentary should be seen by parents and children together. I hope it will open up dialog between them. Maybe watching this with their parents (or caregiver), bullied children will feel safe enough to open up to their parents (or caregiver). This isn't a problem for kids and teens to have to handle on their own. Parents need to know what is going on, too, so that together they can deal with it.
I don't think it should be R at all since most of the bullying starts in elementary and especially junior highs (11-14). On the pro side for R, the parents can't just drop off their kids to 'learn something'. They have to ACCOMPANY them and then face the truth and answer questions afterward.
Well said. Afterall, parents teach the kids. In some way or another, they have taught their kids to either be bullies or to tolerate it. Taking a kid (any age) starts a conversation. I am going with my 26 year old daughter who, someday, will teach her children how to treat others.
the problem with keeping r is many school on going to block it from showing. that the issue of the whole point.
I fully agree with Cookie-Chan.
just cause they say it say nothing, the problem with keeping it r not bad read though is that many school won't show it is the issue that where the problem lies.
Instead of spending an entire minute figuring out what these two lines mean, I'm just going to come out and ask: what the heck did you just say?
I'm glad they stuck with the R rating. Life is not PG-13, life is an R if I ever saw one. And a documentary about bullying and how bad it's become should not be censored in any way shape or form, period.
This issue is not about censorship but allowing an important film through with a rating that more kids would be able to see uncensored. I agree the film should not be censored and if there was graphic violence and nudity I would agree with the rating, but not for language alone.
Kids need and should watch it even if it's rated R. It's a documentary about bullying and as I said life isn't PG-13 and plus kids watch plenty of unnecessary things nowadays in school and out so yeah an R-rating might be the thing to wake some of these kids up.
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