Bully ★★★

A beautifully shot (at least when in focus), if fairly unsurprising look at bullying in the American school system. What's more revealing and surprising is the Southern mentality for adults completely misunderstanding the feelings and behaviors of the children in their care. Which doesn't exactly make for a compelling exposé on bullying itself as it does the failings of a system that tolerates it.

There are some incredibly powerful moments of gut-wrenching mourning and startling behaviour that make the film worthwhile as a whole. But as someone who's gone through the public school system in the last 20 years, it's really just not all that shocking, unfortunately.

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