John Ary Takes A Look At BULLY!
John Ary here with a quick look at the new film Bully. As soon as the movie was over, I ran out into the parking lot of the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse in Austin to file this report...
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April 12, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST
The industry needs to come together. Producers, studios, distributors, theater chains. Everyone. Parents feel entitled to *tools*, provided for free by the industry, to make their parenting easier. Okay... great. So let's use a simple, non-restrictive rating system as a TOOL for parents to decide if they will let their kids go see a movie or not. And then it's up to the parent to keep the kid from going to see it, which is the way it ALWAYS should have been. Inform them and let them do their job. Parents: You are NOT ENTITLED to a ratings system that costs money for entrenched infrastructure and employees. Essentially a business that provides a free service. Your ticket price does not include (even if it seems to) a parenting service. If you think your 12 - 13 year old kid should not be seeing a film with sexuality or violence, then it is VERY clear that your child should not be going out anywhere alone, unsupervised in a public space. And if your kid is the type that will defy you and go see a movie you said that he or she could NOT go see..... guess what!!?... these days they will find a way to see that film.... easily, quickly... and probably for free. The MPAA ratings are outdated. They serve no purpose beyond comfort, and a false one at that. In the meantime, films are being censored to do things like... make them less *intense*. In other words, the MPAA is GUTTING the impact of films. And I am convinced it is in part because these people they employ to rate films fancy themselves closet filmmakers who say things like *let's help you find the best cut we can to make the best movie WE can*. Truthfully, they are simply neutering everything they can because they know they have filmmakers by the PG-13 BALLS. They were put together, why again? Because the government threatened to do something they never had a right to do in the first place??? It isn't 1950 anymore. Grow some balls.
April 12, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST
with this traitorous Supreme Court we have right now, who knows what the government thinks they can get away with?
April 12, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST
Way to make this a soapbox for your MPAA views rather than a serious review about a pretty important topic.
April 12, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST
by Axl Z
Who are you had to be answered..
April 12, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST
by angry kitty
Kids should have a chance to see this.
April 12, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST
by John Ary
Crap! You beat me to it.
April 12, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST
I disagree - I think the ratings do help... But there needs to be consistent standards as to why they get the ratings they do - and look to other countries as to how those standards need to be modernized. Also, I like the ratings sub-bits now, that indicate WHY the rating was given (language, violence, fantasy violence, sexual content or situations, etc). Much like the TV ratings - it has a rating, with the specific mentions of items. But A) the MPAA need to be known who the hell is on this board and B) consistent guidelines. For "the Golden Compass" to get a *PG* rating, when its content was closer to PG13 (IMO, it was much like Hunger Games in violent content, and it focused on children), but was "fantasy violence" - but "Bully" to get an R for depicting Real World footage or "Blue Valentine" to get NC17 a realistic depiction of domestic violence, respectively while soooo many movies have gratuitous sex or gore & get an R - just makes no damn sense.
April 12, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Drop them already.
April 12, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST
That doesn't mean I should buy it for them.
April 12, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST
Now I have a VERY well-paying job that gets me to travel thought the world, a nice home, a nice car, a nice wife, and all that before I'm 30. I met with one of my bullies some years ago, lives with his parents and tried to awkwardly sell me water filters. So don't worry, folks. The bullies will be shining your shoes later.
April 12, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST
I'm ok with movies letting people know what'll find and parents making a decision - but we are living in a PG-13 world now, and that's fucking bullshit.
April 12, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST
There are PG-13 movies I'd let my 7 year old see and PG movies that I wouldn't.
April 12, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST
Yeah, they really should have done that. That's kind of a big failing IMO.
April 12, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST
by Fart Magnus
I thought you died YEARS ago! Oh and your son is a CREEPY little rat fucker!!!
April 12, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
by Tank Williams
Kidding, obviously.. Nice review duuuude.. I wish all staff on this site would do a video review once in a while.. its a nice break from the chain of things..
April 12, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST
They should just provide a list of content so parents can make a decision themselves.
April 12, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST
The Empire Strikes Back?
April 12, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
So who's playing Jimmy Hopkins?
April 12, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST
Though in fairness, that might have been bumped to PG-13 retroactively. I also think Dark Crystal and Secret of NIHM would give him nightmares, but I can't wait to show them to him. A lot of 80s stuff, really -- yeah, maybe I'm prudish about language in some of the classics like Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. He could probably see edited-for-TV versions of those. Pirates of the Caribbean, on the other hand? Have it it, son.
April 12, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST
April 12, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST
but also dislike some of the effect it has on marketing. As a parent, though, it is very useful to know what is likely to be in a film, and appreciate that theaters at least make an attempt to keep young children out of inappropriate films. My guess is that most of the people complaining here have never had kids.
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