Here's Liz Atwood with this week's Tween Tuesday:
Last week, I wrote about the Hunger Games, a film that is hard to avoid. A few days ago a more important film came out, but it will be hard to find. It's Lee Hirsch's The Bully Project, which is opened in just a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.
The documentary tells the story of young kids being harassed and bullied by their peers. The reason you won't see it, however, is that the Motion Picture Association of America wanted to give the movie an R rating because of the language the kids use. The Weinstein Co. decided that rather than releasing it with the R rating, it would release it with no rating. That decision means the film will have a very limited released because some movie chains refuse to show unrated movies or treat them as NC-17 movies, meaning no one under age 17 can see them, even with a parent.
Perhaps the movie will eventually find its way to wider distribution. I hope so. As the parent of a son getting ready to go to middle school next year, I think seeing the movie would have given us the chance to talk about how hurtful words can be and to explore the appropriate reactions to the peer pressures in middle school.
Of course we can talk about that anyway and we do. But the movie would have given us concrete examples to discuss and think about.