Parents' Guide to

All American Bully

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Disturbing indie thriller has rape, intense violence.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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Although it seems like it's trying to make a statement about social media and bullying, most of what the film has to say is lost under the horrifying violence that has no resolution. Everyone is a bully in All American Bully, even if they think they're doing it for a righteous reason, and no one wins. But it's hard to know what we're supposed to take from it. According to the film, kids can't turn to adults for help, but trying to solve the problem themselves results in truly disturbing consequences such as rape or murder. It's hard to know what the point is.

Fans of thrillers may be disappointed with the slow pacing of the first half of the film, though they'll no doubt be impressed with Daren Ackerman's powerful portrayal of the bully John. And parents looking for a sobering example of the evils of bullying should definitely steer clear of this film.

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