Cyberbully

DVD Release: February 7, 2012
Cyberbully
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Synopsis

A teenage girl (Emily Osment) falls prey to online bullying and retreats from spending time with her family and friends. Soon the tormenting pushes her toward the edge, and her mom (Kelly Rowan) takes the troubling issue to authorities.

Dove Review

Words can hurt. “Cyberbully” does an effective job demonstrating this truth. Teen girl Taylor (Emily Osment) is a normal high school student who has friends and plans to be a journalist one day. She is close friends with Samantha (Kay Panabaker) and Cheyenne (Meaghan Rath), but this friendship is soon challenged. A girl named Lindsay takes to bullying Taylor online; a new online friend “James” suddenly begins making false sexual accusations, and just like that Taylor is the focus of unwanted attention. Taylor’s friends, fearful of being targets of bullying as well, begin to take a step back. James is discovered to be an invented profile which begs the question, “Who would do such a thing?”

Taylor attempts suicide, which prompts her mother to push getting an anti-cyberbullying law passed in the state. There are obstacles to overcome and a few surprises along the way, but the conclusion should satisfy viewers. Although sexual innuendos and comments are made, as well as use of some bad language, it is done in the context that name-calling and false statements hurt people. Nothing is overly graphic. The movie states at the end that 34 states now have anti-cyberbullying laws. This movie can be a powerful tool to teach the painful effect of words if they are not chosen carefully. We award “Cyberbully” our Dove Family-Approved Seal for ages twelve plus. For anyone who has ever been taunted, this film is for you.

Content Description

Sex: Conversations about being pregnant, sexual innuendos and comments on Internet meant to bully and intimidate one girl; comment about "doing it;" girl says guy got what he wanted and never spoke to her again; one young man says he is gay and has been bullied for it; comment about sleeping with a guy.
Language: G/OMG-10; P/PO-3; A-4; Loser-5; Slut/Slutty-4; Sucks/Sucked-6; Butt-1; B-5; Ho*ny-1; Wuss-1; D-1; Bite me-1; Skank-2; Crap-5; Whore-2; Geez-1; Brat-1; Dumb Jock-1; Psych Twins-1.
Violence: None
Drugs: Girl tries to take a handful of pills but she is stopped.
Nudity: Girl in shorts; shirtless teen boys; mild cleavage.
Other: Girl invents fake profile and hurts girl's feelings; a few girls constantly cut down others; girl attempts suicide but is stopped; tension between characters; mother cries from stress of what is happening to her daughter.

Info

Company: Cinedigm
Writer: Teena Booth
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 87 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter