Reviews: All American Bully

Didn't your mother teach you it's not nice to bully people. Well, read our review, damn it!

"Hookin' ain't easy, yo."
What begins as a slow and uneventful few days for three geek friends, tornadoes into a roller coaster of inflated absurdity. Bringing to light a serious dilemma in every culture around the world, All American Bully tries to encompass an exaggerated story of one big bully and the consequences of his actions. All American Bully focuses on the madness of bully, John Brooks, but you won’t see any activists trying to stop him as he spirals out of control in a chaotic prideful rage fit that ruins his childhood friend, Devon’s life. What starts as a trivial outburst from John snowballs into ridiculous extremes.

Unfortunately for this production, these extremes aren’t the kind that makes an otherwise bad film mildly amusing, but it makes for a boring, daunting watch that requires too much suspension of disbelief to be taken with any seriousness. With bullying being such a serious issue among youth, you’d think they would treat the subject with a little more respect. Instead they went for a story so over-the-top, the result is more of a mockery than a call to action.

"You stole my
ham sammich.
Prepare to die!"
All American Bully looks like a high school senior’s final submission for AV class. Obviously shot on a small budget, this crew did their best with what they had to work with. Only a couple shots made the cut that shouldn’t have. Little to no score is used, making the movie a little flat, but that’s where the acting comes in. The lead, Devon Manning, is played by Alexander Fraser, the neighborhood geek we all know. Polar opposite of Devon is John Brooks, played by Daren Ackerman, who is filled with rage and resentment having to grow up harboring a dark secret. He evokes a young Bruce Campbell and has the acting chops to fill his shoes. With the right direction and opportunities, this dude could be a huge Hollywood success.

Today’s youth are still capable of sinking to sick, twisted depths. Knowing this, All American Bully is an hyperbolic example and has a lot of room for improvement. Films like this, as low budget and mediocre as it is, should be talked about more. Judging this particular story, you are left wondering what in the Sam Hill happened to the director that brought us All American Bully.

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