Bully (Drama/Thriller) 2001 [Movie/Review]

8/10

Year: 2001
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director:  Larry Clark
Original Title: –
Source: Stream

PLOT:

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend’s twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby’s often cruel ways, couldn’t agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen.

OPINION

I don’t know what I should think about these fucking low-life idiots. Feels like the definition of uneducated white trash, but in nicer living areas than trailers. The stupidity of these morons knows no bounderies. At the same time, I get why you want to take revenge on a bully. I gives an extra grade of “goodness” that it’s based on a true story.

Larry Clark, the director of the (in-)famous Kids. I don’t know if it’s for shock value, therapy for himself for some kind of young teen trauma or that he’s just a pervert, but he loves to shot naked teenagers on film.

MILD SPOILERS: Apart from the questionable nudity of these youngsters (and believe me I like nudity in movies, but over 18 years old please) and the contempt for them being idiots, I really like the movie. Ok, so Lisa (Rachel Miner) that we see mainly nude is 21 years old here, but is supposed to be somewhere around 16 so it just feels creepy.

Also, it’s a bit repetitive in the middle, but the killing scene are really intense and kind of raw. The main girl, Lisa (Rachel Miner) is so fu*kin stupid you just wanna punch her dumb head in.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND

Mainly filmed on several locations in Florida, US, but also in Los Angeles, US.

The movie was shot in 23 days in August 2000.

Although the events upon which the film is based take place in 1993, the film itself is deliberately not set in 1993, but in 2001, to avoid any potential problems with anachronisms.

This was the beginning of Brad Renfro‘s career downfall. He was arrested during filming for attempting to steal a yacht. Due to his drug addiction problems in his personal life, his professional career started to suffer, until his early and sudden death in 2008. His tragedy was just like Corey Haim and many other child actors in Hollywood.

Producer David McKenna removed his name from the project. He was credited as ‘Zachary Long’.

A documentary was filmed for the American Justice (1992) TV series called American Justice: Payback for a Bully (2001).

DOCUMENTARY

The above “life after prison” documentary on YouTube of the real murderers is really interesting. Check it out!

FORMAT

I watched this streaming so nothing to talk about here!


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