Bully (2001)



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Year: 2001
Directed by: Larry Clark
Starring: Brad Renfro (Marty), Nick Stahl (Bobby), Rachel Miner (Lisa), Bijou Phillips (Ali), Michael Pitt (Donny), Kelli Garner (Heather), Daniel Franzese (Derek), Leo Fitzpatrick (Hitman)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:52:36
Genres: Teensploitation, Revenge, Based on a True Story, Gay

Plot – Spoilers:
Bobby and Marty have been best friends since childhood, but their relationship is dominant-submissive. Marty hates that he is regularly beaten up by Bobby, but can’t summon the will to shake himself out of the abuse. His passion is surfing and while he’s pretty good at it, he’s all but given up on the dream. But things begin to change when he meets Lisa, who questions Bobby’s dominance and plants the seed that abuse need not be permanent.

Bully is based on the real life story of Bobby Kent and is one of Larry Clark’s better features thanks mainly to its talented cast. And while it is based on factual incidents, it does a great job of capturing how easy it can be at a certain age to plan and plot something extreme, and yet how difficult it can be to pull it off successfully. And also how each character deals with the pre and post-incident nerves.

Random:
Director Larry Clark plays the hitman’s Dad in a couple of scenes.

2 thoughts on “Bully (2001)

  • September 13, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    haunting song at the end. marty definitely did not deserve what became of him

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  • September 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Nick Stahl man….what a performance he gave in this as Bobby Kent!!!

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