Patt Morrison for March 26, 2012

“Bully” provides an intimate look at lives of youth

It seems that one hears about a tragic case of bullying on the news all too often these days. Anyone who has been bullied can understand the anxiety felt by the children at the center of the documentary “Bully.”

Filmmaker Lee Hirsch follows five families affected by bullying and takes a look at the impact it has on their lives. The documentary made headlines when Katy Butler, a 17-year-old high school junior in Michigan started a petition to pressure the MPAA to change the film’s R-rating to PG-13 so more could see and discuss the film. Hollywood celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Katie Couric and Johnny Depp have joined the teen in lobbying the MPAA to revise the rating.

After efforts trying to lobby the MPAA to revise their rating, The Weinstein Company have decided to release the documentary unrated.

WEIGH IN:

Have you or someone you know been bullied? We’re you a bully? Will you go see the film? Will you take your children even if it has an R rating?

Guests:

Lee Hirsch, co-director, writer, producer, cinematographer, documentary “Bully”

Rep. Mike Honda, D-California’s 15th District, Santa Clara & San Jose; member, House Appropriations Committee; co-sponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act

Brandon Serpas, attends Schurr High School in Montebello


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