If you follow film at all, you’ve more than likely heard the controversy surrounding the eagerly anticipated documentary “Bully.” Even if you don’t follow movie news, it’s probably hard to scroll through your Twitter feed and not see one celebrity or another promoting the movie.
In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, let me break it down for you. “Bully” was slapped with an R-rating by the MPAA, and many people were outraged that those who should be seeing the movie—kids—would not be permitted to do so in theatres.
The film received an R-rating due to language. Now, let me just throw something out there for the MPAA to mull over. Do you seriously think middle/high school aged kids, the ones who are being bullied, the ones who are responsible for being bullied, the ones who stand by and do nothing while others are bullied, have never heard the “f word” before?
Let me tell you something. They have.
Thank GOODNESS the Weinstein Company is refusing the MPAA’s rating and releasing “Bully” as an unrated film. Not allowing school aged children to see this film would be defeating its entire purpose. The movie was made for kids in order to realize how their actions impact others.
If I were a parent, I would be taking my kid to see it. If I were a schoolteacher, hey kids, get ready for a field trip to the local AMC! If you can’t drag yourself to a theatre this weekend, at the very least, watch the trailer below.
“Bully” hits theatres Friday, March 30.