A pack of naïve teenagers living in the youth disaffection and moral rot of sunny, swampy suburban Florida, conspire to murder a mutual friend, a rich kid and petty tyrant in his small social circle, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.
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American youth and violence never seem to not be topical. The inherently queer anxieties this film is rife with, however, appear so bizarre knowing when this was made, especially in terms of then-contemporary American political discourse.
The soundtrack is also really good.
***1/2. I'm not American but I can understand the uneasiness of the local audience during a screening of Bully. How such a wealthy and modern nation can produce such rotten heirs? Seems that Decadence is already at work after only 250 years of moral prevalence. Larry Clark should be censored at the very least so that people could still consider Florida as the home of theme parks and oranges. Highly recommended.
A harrowing piece of truth seeking cinema. This is a brave film that tackles some tough subjects with humanity and empathy. Larry Clark is an uncompromising artist who refuses to flinch away from the ugly side of life. This is a cautionary tale of the highest order.
this is an amazingly honest, naked film. it shows adolescents, making decisions, rethinking them, being punished, etc. it shows how they really are. Larry Clark films the life of adolescents flawlessly, to a T. he didn't miss a beat. the whole cast was perfect and did great performances
Not to be confused with BULLY (2011)! This American film was pretty much banned in USA, with no national release in theaters. Larry Clark (and also Harmony Korine) show us how awful American youth culture can be, a portrayal easier for European audiences to digest than the hometown crowd.
Actors, direction, nothing to say. But the real events occured & depicted are so unhealthy & these youngsters so profoundly stupid, that suddenly the film becomes as interesting as opening the lid of a garbage can. === Les acteurs, la réalisation, rien à dire, mais le fait-divers est tellement malsain & ces jeunes tellement débiles, du coup le film est aussi intéressant que de soulever le couvercle d'une poubelle.
Ebert puts it best: "Calls the bluff of movies that pretend to be about murder but are really about entertainment." There's pretty much only one real way to review this movie, though, and that's the word AARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH
Like commented below, at times good, at times terrible, between the loathsome editing skills, Clark's amateurish direction, and minor casting mistakes, e.g. Nick Stahl as Bobby Kent. Stahl didn't appear to be someone genuinely capable of physically torturing other people, like the late Brad Renfro. It's incongruous. Anyhow, I liked the way it ended, it gave some meaning to the whole thing. Much superior to Ken Park.