Movie Rating for “Bully” Lowered to PG-13 So More Kids Could See it
“The producers of ‘Bully,’ a documentary on the bullying crisis in U.S. schools, claimed what they called a ‘huge victory’ … when the Motion Picture Association of America agreed to lower the film’s rating from R to the less-restrictive PG-13, making it easier for younger audiences to see it.” [ABCNEWS]
Many felt that this was too important a movie for kids to miss, as many “prominent TV and film personalities, including Anderson Cooper, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres and Johnny Depp, threw their support behind the campaign to remove the film’s ‘R’ rating.” Also, an online petition that was started on Change.org garnered more than 500,000 signatures.
Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, created a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, this is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.
Rent it today!