Bully (2001) Reviewed

Bijou Phillips (left) and Rachel Minor as disaffected Florida jailbait trash in Larry Clarke's bleak "Bully."

Bijou Phillips (left) and Rachel Minor as disaffected Florida jailbait trash in Larry Clarke's bleak "Bully."

BULLY (2001)
Larry Clarke clearly has some issues when you consider the amount of adolescent flesh on display in his movies (both male and female). Bully is no exception. A logical extension of KIDS, which he also directed, this examines the true crime story of disaffected Florida youth. Based on the book of the same name, Bully chronicles what happens when a group of white trash teens get the bright idea to murder one of their own – a bully of sorts, who is mostly just an insecure, sexually confused surfer. Of course, things go down about as well as you’d expect and when the frighteningly impulsive bunch begins bragging about their kill to their waitress at the local Pizza Hut, things get messy fast. About as accurate a portrayal of suburban teens as I’ve ever seen, Bully does just about everything right and doesn’t leave a lot of elbowroom for hope. Despite questionable intentions, Clarke knows how to direct teens and the cast seem to get to the heart of their characters with shocking realism. There’s ample nudity courtesy of Bijou Phillips and Rachel Minor, but for a change that’s the least of what I have to recommend about this artfully executed exploitation crime drama. Would make a wonderfully dreary double feature with the similarly themed River’s Edge. ***

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~ by Number5ive on March 20, 2009.

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