HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Lu Over the Wall
She's Funny That Way
Vox Lux
Aftermath, The
Five Fingers for Marseilles
Jupiter's Moon
Favourite, The
Mysteries of the Gods
Coming Home
De Sade
Patti Cake$
Hellbound
Final Destination 2
Romance
Bros: After the Screaming Stops
Cockleshell Heroes, The
Mule, The
Sunday in the Country
Nutcracker Fantasy
Spellcaster
Hipsters
Executive Action
Captain Marvel
Zombie Girl
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rhinoceros
Monkey King 3, The
Adventurers, The
Stripped to Kill
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
Aladdin's Magic Lamp
Christopher Robin
Hole in the Ground, The
Daniel
Blue Christmas
Death Trip
She's Missing
Return of the Soldier
Shaft
Summer Lovers
   
 
Newest Articles
The Hole in the Ground: Director Lee Cronin Interview
She's Missing: Director Alexandra McGuinness Interview
Woo's the Boss: Last Hurrah for Chivalry & Hand of Death on Blu-ray
Get Ahead in Showbiz: Expresso Bongo and It's All Happening
Outer Space and Outta Sight: Gonks Go Beat on Blu-ray
Tucked: The Derren Nesbitt Interview
Locomotion Pictures: The Best of British Transport Films on Blu-ray
Roman Scandals: Extreme Visions from Ancient Rome
Spider-Wrong and Spider-Right: The Dragon's Challenge and Into the Spider-Verse
Monster Dog: Cujo on Blu-ray
For Christ's Sake: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ
Not In Front of the Children: Inappropriate Kids Movies
Deeper into Ozploitation: Next of Kin and Fair Game
Between the Wars: Babylon Berlin Series 1&2 on DVD
Hard Luck Story: Detour on Blu-ray
   
 
  Bully Buy this film here.
Year: 2001
Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Brad Renfro, Rachel Miner, Bijou Phillips, Michael Pitt, Nick Stahl, Kelli Garner, Leo Fitzpatrick, Daniel Franzese
Genre: Drama
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: "If you want the scent, smell yourself."

Based on Jim Schutze's account of a real-life murder case, Bully charts the events leading up to the slaughter of odious Bobby Kent (Nick Stahl), and then hangs around for the inevitable trial and retribution. As the story unfolds, we learn that Bobby has been verbally and physically abusing 'best friend' Marty (Brad Renfro) since childhood, but things really come to a head when he rapes Marty's new girlfriend, Lisa (Rachel Miner). Soon, the young couple and their slacker circle of friends decide to mete out the ultimate form of punishment, aided and abetted by a teenage hitman (Leo Fitzpatrick).

While it's true that Bully shares certain similarities with Larry Clark's controversial Kids, it also represents a few steps forward in terms of content and characterisation. Brad Renfro is excellent as the tortured Marty, and the rest of the gang - particularly Bijou Phillips and Michael Pitt - follow Clark's brief, combining humour with hardball to sometimes devastating effect. Credit to Clark for sculpting a motley crew of largely dislikeable losers who inspire contempt and, ultimately, sympathy for their actions - maybe this film should have been titled Parents? Whatever, Bully really does deserve wider recognition than I suspect will be the case, and isn't it about time Clark's so-called voyeuristic tendancies are put into proper perspective? The bottom line is those lingering close-ups of female flesh are shot from the point-of-view of the male characters, and, dare I say it, the majority of their audience.
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

This review has been viewed 7480 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
  Desbris M
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Paul Shrimpton
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
  Derrick Smith
Darren Jones
   

 

Last Updated: