April 28th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 50 minutes

Anyone with a sense of decency can’t help but be infuriated by what they see in the powerful documentary “Bully”. The film is even more compelling, considering the damage done by bullying that we know about in Greater Springfield.

This remarkable movie puts much of the blame on educators. “Bully” catches them in the act of burying their heads in a world of denial.

When the film isn’t following the day by day agony of a hapless teenager who’s so hungry for friendship he’ll accept brutality over isolation, you’ll hear from a grief stricken father whose son just couldn’t take it anymore and took his own life. As the dad explained it, his son thought enough is enough.

Other bullying victims accept the pain and humiliation in stride, in spite of what they’re going through.

One mother tried to get through to a stonewalling school administrator who insisted the children all behave on the school bus, although the documentary shows video to the contrary.

It’s not stonewalling, that’s too mild a word. Delusional would be more to the point, to deny what’s obvious to everyone else, especially the victims.

“Bully” will make you furious. It’s a marvelous social document that I’d be ashamed to give less than 4 stars. No matter how much it hurts, this is one movie you’ve just got to see.