Bully

  • 18
  • Larry Clark (2001)
  • US / Fr
  • 107 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Following the more moderate Another Day in Paradise, director Larry Clark steps back into the grit and grime of maximum shock cinema with this outstanding drama. Stylistically echoing his brutal yet dazzling debut feature kids, Clark unleashes a superbly shot movie that's not so much entertainment, as a stomach-churning life lesson. Based on the true story of a sadistic Florida teenager who was hideously murdered by the friends that he victimised, the film presents a terrifying snapshot of alienated young America. Turning from powerful social commentary into an authentic horror movie as the nerve-shredding events unfold, this is an ultra-realistic portrayal of morally corrupt youth, illuminated by startling performances from the largely unknown cast. It's both tragic and painfully confrontational, but stands as an undiluted example of independent movie-making at its most vital and compulsive.

Plot Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips and Leo Fitzpatrick. Teenager Bobby is a brutal bully, making his best friend Marty's life a misery. Finally, unable to cope with the humiliation and nagged by his scheming girlfriend, Marty decides to team up with pals to end Bobby's tyranny for good. But do the alcohol- and drug-addled youngsters really understand the full implications of murder?

Cast and crew

Cast

Mario "Marty" Puccio
Brad Renfro
Lisa Connelly
Rachel Miner
Bobby Kent
Nick Stahl
Alice "Ali" Willis
Bijou Phillips
Donny Semenec
Michael Pitt
Heather Swallers
Kelli Garner
Derek Kaufman
Leo Fitzpatrick

Crew

Director
Larry Clark

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Film Four
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 1 Mar 2002
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama