Alex is one of five bullied teens the documentary followed over the course of a school year.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers
says the movie "Bully
," which opens Friday at Park Place Stadium Cinemas
, isn't a political film, "It's a heartfelt cry for help."Produced by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and directed by Sundance and Emmy Award winner Lee Hirsch, "Bully" is a character-driven documentary that traces five examples of bullying through the course of a school year, including the aftermath of several suicides related to bullying.Prior to its release, there was an ongoing protest over the movie's R rating, given for six uses of the f-word, which many felt would preclude teenagers who most need to see it from going. It was initially released unrated, but on April 5, the Motion Picture Association of America granted the movie a PG-13 rating, although requiring the removal of three f-words. It leaves in three others, used by children bullying another student on a school bus. Reviewer Rex Reed
, who has trumpeted the movie, noted in his review, "Movies like 'Bully' are educational tools that should be shown in classrooms across America. It is cinematic and encompassing, without manipulation or sentimentality."