Film and TV

Bully Ratings Controversy Sparks Criticism of MPAA System

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In this context, the spirit of the Hays Code actually makes some sense. It may have included a long list of "don'ts," but the key goal behind its regulations - keenly aware, like the U.S.S.R. and Nazi Germany, that film was one powerful medium - was to get Hollywood to stop glorifying immorality: to stop inviting audiences to identify with adulterers, stop turning criminals into heroes, and stop painting all authority figures and institutions as corrupt. 


By this standard, Bully passes with flying colors. It is a deeply probing and heartbreaking film that challenges audiences to stand up and do something about a dangerous culture of bullying and ostracizing any sign of difference in our nation's schools.
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