Sunday, April 1, 2012
You’ve undoubtedly heard of “Bully,” Harvey Weinstein’s doc about the epidemic of bullying in American schools. It’s worth seeing more for its subject matter and sensitivity than its artistic merit. As a documentary, it’s underreported and structurally loosey-goosey. It lacks the empirical data that contextualizes the anecdotal material in the best contemporary documentaries (say, those of Alex Gibney). It’s also too freeform in the stories it tells and how it interweaves them – to be frank, some are more compelling than others. Still, the project is a worthwhile undertaking; this is material that needs to be seen and an issue that cries out to be addressed at all levels of the educational system.