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BULLIES (2018)

What to know: Excellent message about bullying.
BULLIES (2018) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-13
28 minutes
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DANIEL BYDLOWSKI
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Lovely short with an excellent message. Anyone can relate to bullying. There is none among us that hasn't been bullied at some time in their life. The message here is that you can't run from your problems your entire life. I identify with this film because, I was bullied at school when I was a kid. Later, I stood up to the bullies and learned that, when you try to run away from a problem, you spend your whole life running. This film really resonates with that lesson. I think kids will relate to the film's message and the performances by the main actors. They are exceptionally well done. The film flows well, makes sense and is very watchable. Its vocabulary is appropriate to its audience. The soundtrack is well done and whimsical in some parts. The cinematography is quite good. The production design, costumes, sets and locations all work quite well. I like the boy's connection to comic superheroes. It shows how he is looking for strength from wherever he can get it - even in his imagination. When he finds the hidden room under the school, it's super cool. All of a sudden, his tormenters can't reach him. And then, there's the question of the Great Bully Escapees! When does escape become its own prison? Of course, it has its upside - eating chocolate for dinner, carousing in the school after hours, not going to school. In the end, if you want to live life to its fullest, you have to face your antagonists. Talent in the film includes: Nick Alvarez, Conrad Bluth, Weston Nathanson and Allison Lane. If any concerns, there is some light screen tearing at the top of the film but it's barely noticeable. Most importantly, I believe children will get the core message of this film. I recommend it for age 8 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
Eugene, a shy 10-year-old boy, is bullied every day until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, for now...
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