Bully is a documentary that not only follows bullying victims; it gives us a look at their whole environment -- parents, other kids, teachers and communities. We see there's no single cause of it, and that it can't be solved one kid at a time.
When you see what Alex endures on a daily basis and imagine yourself in his shoes, it becomes starkly evident how bullying would make any kid want to avoid school or do something even more drastic to end their suffering, and why it's vital that we make our schools bully-free environments.
No one other than parents should be telling children what words they can hear. It is more important for children to learn the harm and dangers of bullying than be shielded from the language used in carrying out that bullying.
When I first heard that the Weinstein Company had lost its appeal to overturn the R rating that the MPAA had given to Lee Hirsch's film Bully, I was taken back to 2005 when we opted for an appeal for our Iraq War film Gunner Palace after it also received an R for language.
It may shed light on a major problem, affect the national conversation, and save lives. But if Harvey Weinstein and director Lee Hirsch want that PG-13, they should just bleep out the offending f-words. Period.