Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cyberbully (2011)

Number Rolled: 95
Movie Name/Year: Cyberbully (2011)
Genre: Drama
Length: 87 minutes
Rating: TV-14
Director: Charles Biname
Writer: Teena Booth
Actors: Emily Osment, Kay Panabaker, Meaghan Rath, Kelly Rowan, Jon McLaren, Robert Naylor, Nastassia Markiewicz, Jade Hassoune, Caroline Redekopp, Ivan Smith, Ronda Louis-Jeune, John Maclaren, Marcel Jeannin, Bruce Dinsmore, Danny Blanco Hall, Tyrone Benskin

Taylor, thrilled about receiving a laptop for her birthday, signs up for the site “Cliquesters” (which is a facebook-like social networking site). After her account is hacked, she begins to experience horrible bullying from just about everyone in her school. She tries to cope with the bullying, but finds herself sinking into an inescapable depression.

I, once again, find that I like the message more than I like the movie.

As a girl who was bullied pretty much all through school, I saw a lot of familiar scenes. In fact, my heart actually hurt through most of the movie. It was like reliving some of my darkest moments. No one will be able to say that “Cyberbully” fails to capture the extent of what bullying can feel like. That extreme helplessness and internal agony was captured to such a level that, even now, it’s hard to not let my mind slip back to some of my worst memories of childhood.

The most important aspect of this film to me was that it showed another level of bullying. When people are online, they’re typing on an inanimate object. It’s easy to forget that there are human faces and emotions on the other side of the millions of screens also hooked into the internet. When people forget that they are interacting with another human, it’s easy for them to be cruel or to “kick the cat” as my mom used to say. A lot of the movie was really eye opening as a reminder that verbal venom always has a bad effect on someone.

I wasn’t all that fond of the actors, except Kelly Rowan who played the bullied teenager’s mother. Also, Some of the script and the insults were a little far-fetched, but when I actually experienced bullying some very strange stuff was said to me.

Personally, I think that this should be a movie kids entering Junior High School are required to see. Even though it might not have been the best film in the world, it was absolutely incredible in teaching the audience how to handle bullies. That is something that deserves recognition.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

P.S. Below you will find a list of sites that can help a parent who suspects their child is being bullied. Among them are also sites that will help you find out how to get help if you are the one being bullied. Remember, there is no shame in getting help – the only shame is on the bullies.



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