09:04 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/02/2012 04:15PM
Even before many have actually had the chance to see Bully, the documentary has sparked engaging conversation across the Internet.
The film, which focuses on five different families and their teenagers, features emotional footage, including an especially harrowing school bus scene during which 12-year-old Alex Libby, who was born prematurely, suffers name calling, harsh taunts and physical abuse at the hands of his peers.
It's that rough language used by Libby's schoolmates that initially earned the film an "R" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. (The Weinstein Company decided to release the movie unrated, however, after an online petition signed by thousands failed to reverse the decision.)
Originally posted 03/27/2012 06:00AM
After nearly 500,000 people signed a petition – and stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber lent their support to the cause – the Weinstein Company announced Monday evening it would release the documentary Bully without a rating.
The decision comes after the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) refused to change its initial R rating, which drew controversy and attention because it would have limited the film's audience as viewers under 17 would have to be accompanied by adults to see the film.
The MPAA granted the film, due out March 30, its R rating because of strong language.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 04:50PM
Helped by more high-profile celebrities, the call is growing ever louder for the Motion Picture Association of America to change the R rating on the documentary Bully to PG-13, so more kids can see it.
Justin Bieber, Johnny Depp and this year's Oscar winner Meryl Streep are the latest stars to pledge their support to the cause, which was started by Michigan high school student Katy Butler, who has collected almost 300,000 signatures for a petition at Change.org.
Butler, who suffered a broken finger at the hands of bullies, has also won the support of 26 members of Congress.
Streep, 62, will co-host a screening of the film on March 20 in New York City with David Boies, one of the two attorneys responsible for overturning Proposition 8 in California.
– Tim Nudd
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