Praised Anti-Bullying Film Gets Limited Distribution

One of Hollywood’s most powerful companies has taken on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) by releasing the widely praised anti-bullying documentary ‘Bully’ without a rating.

The MPAA has been widely criticized for giving the documentary an ‘R’ rating.

The Weinstein Company president of marketing, Stephen Bruno, said:

“The kids and families in this film are true heroes, and we believe theatre owners everywhere will step up and do what’s right for the benefit of all of the children out there who have been bullied or may have otherwise been bullies themselves. We’re working to do everything we can to make this film available to as many parents, teachers and students across the country.”

The MPAA offered to give it a different rating if swearing was removed but producers refused, saying that the swearing is in line with the abuse experienced by children across the US on a daily basis.

One theater chain has said it will allow in those under 17, with a note from their parents or guardian.

“AMC Theaters believes people of all ages can benefit from the message of this film,” the theater chain said on its website. “That’s why we are allowing all guests to experience the version of this film that is not rated.”

The National Association of Theatre Owners said last month it would follow MPAA guidance when advising its members.

The ‘R’ rating means that it may be problematic to show the documentary in schools.

It opens in LA and New York March 30.

Watch ‘Bully’ trailer:

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Image: Bully movie poster

24 comments

Sam Richardson

Excellent, these people should be commended - they are not allowing some stupid board of people totally out of touch to completely deny kids that NEED to see this film a chance to watch a documentary that might change their lives.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Children being bullied are taking their own lives. If this film reaches out with a positive message, do not silence it with an R rating.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

Looks like a wonderful, educational movie that will hopefully give a strong lasting message that will change the lives of many children :)

Will Rogers
Will Rogers4 years ago

Bullies don't like films like these, maybe there are some bullies or ex bullies on the classification boards, and as for swearing, isn't that part of the language of bullies? So it couldn't be called gratuitous if it's used as such.

Tony C.
Tony C.4 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry or Algebra. They can learn this in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations

Gloria H.
Gloria H.4 years ago

so, why not "bleep" out the foul language? It's irritating when bleeps occur, but if that is the only way to get the message across...so be it.

Julia W.
Julia W.4 years ago

If you live in Los Angeles or New York City please, please, please go see this movie, so it will get a wider distribution!!!

It needs to be shown in every movie theater, community & then in every school.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

LET ME SHARE - BULLYING IS A FACT OF LIFE; I AM NOT A CHILD, YET, I AM VICTIM OF BULLYING BY SEEMINGLY CUNNNG, YET COVERT ADULTS, ONE ALSO HAS CHARGE OVER SPECIALS NEEDS - IN ADDITION TO HER HUSBAND WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THIS COUPLE IS MID FIFTIES. LET US NOT ALLOW OUR CHILRENS' BULLIES TO GROW INTO BE OUR ADULT BULLIES.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons4 years ago

listen to some of the politicians and they sound a lot like bullies.

kaitlyn m.
kaitlyn m.4 years ago

I heard Mean Girls had more cussing then this movie.
And so many celebs are fighting it too.
I think its for a good cause and they should let off and let it be seen by everyone