Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
on 10 July 2016
Rather a nasty little shocker from Larry Clark, a more explicit follow-up to his controversial “Kids” and this time based on a real-life crime.
With “Bully”, Clark consolidated his approach to film-making, presenting a gritty, realistically filmed storyline with (then) largely unknown actors; the shock factor comes across through the fairly amoral lifestyles of the teenagers portrayed; middle-class, suburban, drug-taking and engaging in casual sex while their parents appear to be oblivious to what they are up to. When manipulative Ali convinces her peers to help murder the sadistic Marty the whole lurid tale unfolds before the viewer's eyes, graphically and with a chillingly casual attitude on the part of the protagonists.
“Bully” isn't an easy film to watch; it is intended to make you feel uncomfortable and it certainly does that effectively; the violence, the sense of wasted lives and the utter banality of it all presents a powerful critique of modern America, one that is still valid today and unfortunately has relevance in societies everywhere.
The DVD has interviews and “on location” shoots as extras.
A bleak, fairly disturbing but powerfully compelling film.