After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend’s twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby’s often cruel ways, couldn’t agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen.
Controversial director Larry Clark’s based on real-life events “Bully” is sometimes quite hard to watch, but you can’t quite stop yourself from watching the misadventures of these messed up children either. This film feels so real, so nitty-gritty, that at times, you may feel like an intruder, watching someone else’s life. These children are so far removed from being children, it is hard to think that they actually are just children. After all, the concept of a group of kids killing their so-called friend, well, its hardly child’s play now is it? The cast are great. Brad Renfro is top-notch in all his performances, here is no exception. Bijou Phillips is great, Rachel Miner is cunning, Kelli Garner is a lot of fun, Michael Pitt is slightly annoying, but entertaining nonetheless. Nick Stahl is intense, to say the least.
Of course it would be hard to say you condone the actions of these “kids”, after all, they murdered. But it makes for gripping drama. The film also reveals the sentencing which the kids received for their parts in the murder, some of which was very surprising. A great film, but you need to be in the mood for a hard-watch.
Director: Larry Clark
Writers: Jim Schutze (book), David McKenna (screenplay) (as Zachary Long)
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
Country: USA | France | UK
Release Date: 12 December 2001 (France)
Also Known As: Bully
Filming Locations: Los Angeles City Hall – 200 North Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/mp41)
File size : 1.75 GiB
Duration : 1 h 52 min
Overall bit rate : 2 229 kb/s