The Movie: Bully is an exceptionally difficult film to watch, but it's one that has great power if you can handle the tough material. Nick Stahl plays Bobby Kent, a troubled teen with sociopathic tendencies. He's often physically aggressive with best friend Marty (Brad Renfro) and he sexually assaults girlfriend Lisa (Rachel Miner). Because of all the abusive behavior he inflicts, Marty and Lisa decide that the only way to make it stop is to eliminate Bobby. They soon enlist several others to join the cause. The sequence in which the group carries out the murder is graphic and horrifying. Bully's real power, though, is in depicting the moral lapses that allow these kids to take such an extreme measure. It's a stunning portrait of disaffected youth. Unpleasant subject matter limited box office appeal, leading to a box office total of about $1.4 million, despite a rave 4-star review from critic Roger Ebert.
The Real-Life Story: The true story behind Bully began in a Florida Pizza Hut when seven teens plotted to get rid of Bobby Kent. On July 14, 1993, they lured him to a secluded canal, where two of them distracted him while another snuck up behind, stabbing him in the neck with a knife. As he lay bleeding, one of them beat him with a baseball bat and somebody else slashed his throat. The group tossed Bobby's body into a marsh. One of the culprits, Derek Dzvirko, grew a guilty conscience, going to the police a few days after the event and leading them to Bobby's remains. Because of the ages of everyone involved, the case made national headlines. Adding to the shock value was the fact that three of the teens never even met Bobby Kent. They were simply into the idea of helping to murder someone. All seven of the offenders received jail time - and they were all unrepentant for their offenses.