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Bully (2019)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Positive message, constant cursing in coming-of-age comedy.

Movie NR 2019 83 minutes
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It's a shopworn story, but this movie manages to carve out its own space in the "coming-of-age underdog standing up to bullies" genre. As bullied teen Jimmy, Tucker Albrizzi comes across as likable, relatable, and funny. While Jimmy's teen friends seem to rely a bit too much on profanity as a way to convey realism, it actually ends up being more believable dialogue than what you see in most movies and TV shows about teens. As boxing trainer Manny, Danny Trejo seems to be having a good time in each scene. The bullies are appropriately awful in every way, and even as you can easily predict how the movie will end, you'll still find yourself cheering for Jimmy.

Bully does have some flaws. The aforementioned cursing starts getting tired. Vincent Pastore, best known from The Sopranos, is gratuitously used in a cameo near the end, playing the role of a -- you guessed it -- mob guy. It's hard not to groan when you find out that Jimmy's love interest is named "Adrian." That said, the actors carry the movie to the end, and teens are likely to find much to analyze and discuss.

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