Tiny Couch Review

Bully, 2001

  • lucidunicorn
    Master Critic

    80 posts
    Signed up the 29/03/2017

    On 12/07/2017 at 09:58 Quote this message


    Bully is a 2001 drama film, directed by Larry Clark. The film follows youngsters who plot to murder their friend who has been physically, emotionally and sexually abusive to them. Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt and Nick Stahl star in the film.

    Whoa where do I even begin with this film? Well first off I loved it, and it’s also kind of haunting in nature. It’s the type of film that leaves you with lingering emotions and has you conflicted inside. The tale is based on actual events of a true crime story.

    The film is rare in the sense that it’s not afraid of itself and its portrayal of American youth, the violence, sex and drugs they consume and these things are handled in a disturbing ‘in your face’ manner that had me “shooketh” and I say “shooketh” because for 2001 the film was kind of graphic.

    The raunchy nature of Bully is somewhat its downfall as it tries to be unique, we get sometimes sloppy camera work, melodramatic monologues and certain scenes where an actor’s performance makes you cringe. Larry Clark denied us the resolution that comes with a classic tale of tragedy. However there are shots that makes us appreciate the teenage body and all its growing nature but sometimes the shots do hinge on being inappropriate.

    Working from a somewhat ‘incomplete’ script we got a very discomforting film that I found loving rather than hating. The late Brad Renfro made me fall in love with him all over again as he took on the role of the “bullied”.
    Overall I recommend this one if you’re looking for something retro to watch.

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