Bully, a 2001 independent film about a group of youths that decide to murder one of their own who is a bully towards them is a compelling, well acted and for the most part, well written film about some very stupid youths that plan to murder a member of their group that constantly bullies and beats them (as well as rapes – lets not forget rapes them). The film is based on actual events – just how closely, I have no idea – I’m sure you could find that information on the web – just not here. – Please don’t mistake this film for the 2011 documentary of the same name – they are unrelated.
Taking place in South Florida, it starts as a story of two friends, one of whom is a surfer drop-out, Marty Puccio (played by Brad Renfro), and his constantly bullying life-long friend, Bobby Kent (played by Nick Stahl). In the first few minutes you see Marty and Bobby at their work, a sandwich shop where two girls, Ali Willis and Lisa Connelly (played by Bijou Phillips and Rachel Miner respectively) and enter and are chatted up by the two friends. Bobby slams Marty’s head on a freezer in front of the girls, basically setting their friendship for the audience. The four all end up on a double date. Marty haves sex with Lisa, and they start dating (Lisa says she loves him, and like all silly youths states that she’d do anything for him) – and Ali gives Bobby head in the car… That’s how it starts.
As the film progresses, you see many more examples of Bobby bullying Marty and their friends, including the rape of Lisa and one of her friends that she stupidly more or less delivers to him. Eventually the increasingly unstable Lisa starts “master minding” a plot to rid themselves of Bobby through murdering him. Pretty simple right? Set the guy up somehow and them kill him. Sure… Only these idiots start recruiting just about everyone they know. It seemed as though if you had walked up to Lisa and said “What’s up?” that she’s answer, “Oh, just planning on murdering Bobby… Want to help?” Yeah, she ends up gathering a group of friends together to make the plan work – including someone they believe to be a member of the Mafia (or at least in a gang).
The plot progresses and they lure Bobby out and, eventually (thinks get screwy with people getting scared etc.), but Bobby end up dead. Of course these people are too stupid to keep a secret – Hell, they pretty much told anyone they ran across that they were planning on killing Bobby, and they all end up busted.
Was this a good movie? Yes. Were the people stupid? Yes? Would I recommend it? Maybe… despite being well made, I get tired of stupid people fast.
Here is the trailer: