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starring Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt
screenplay by Zachary Long & Roger Pullis, based on the book by Jim Schutze
directed by Larry Clark
by Bill Chambers An authority figure delivers the definitive line of dialogue of Bully, Larry Clark's quasi-sequel to his own hotly-contested Kids: "I don't know what you're up to. I don't think I want to know." Well, Clark insists on letting us know. Often accused, even with only three motion pictures under his belt, of over-sensationalizing already sensational material, he's hardly the next Oliver Stone. He may be something of an interfering observer, but he's not a conspiracy proselytizer running with scissors down the hallway. Where Stone drew slave parallels to football in Any Given Sunday by intercutting clips from Ben-Hur, Clark makes more organic shock statements. He can be tactless, sure. Can't we all?