BullySeptember 28, 2001
Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 7.0/10 (19,674 voted)
Critic's Score: 45/100
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
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.
Writers: Jim Schutze, David McKenna
(as Edward Amatrudo)
(as Steven Raulerson)
(as Judith Clayton)
Irene B. Colletti
It's 4 a.m… do you know where your kids are?
Release Date: 28 September 2001
Filming Locations: City Hall – 200 N. Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $47,502
(15 July 2001)
(26 August 2001)
Did You Know?
The word "fuck" and its derivatives are said 274 times throughout the film.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
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.
[on the phone with a customer]
I want you to suck my big dick.
Marty honey, dinner!
[into the phone]
I want you to lick my balls.
I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about this movie
It seems that the reviews of this movie are rather bleak because people
say that the director focused too much on sex and that this was not a
realistic picture for teens. I watched the movie, and read the book,
and I have another reference source- my mother was a juror for the
court case State of Florida Vs. Ali Willis and Donny Semenec. She was
sequestered for over a month and was told every piece of information
about these two teenagers and their friends.
This sex/drug filled movie is a spot-on represenation of these kid's
sad life. They had no future, no regrets, didn't go to school and yes,
they had sex with each other a lot. From what my mother says, if you
were to make a movie about them accurately, it would have to be close
to 75% sex. The bully was bi-sexual and would force his best friend to
have sex with him after he had raped his girlfriend. These kids were
also not poor white trash, as their parents were very wealthy, and they
drove nice cars.
I think the fact is some people cannot stomach the idea of these kids
being real, so they blame the director for not interpreting the story
correctly. This is a story of middle- upper class kids, kids like your
sons and daughters.
I thought this movie was very good. 7.5/10