The website Bestonlinecolleges.com put up a list of the ten most believable movie bullies with clips from each movie. Since my last post was about a movie about bullying, I thought this list both interesting and a bit accurate. Although there have been many movie bullies over the course of film history, this list has two that I think represent what many school aged bullies are like.
From their list, I think that Scut Farkus (I always thought it was Scott, but looked it up and it is Scut. That name almost make it worse.) from “A Christmas Story” is representative of elementary and middle school bullies (at least as I remember them). Bestonlinecolleges.com describes him as:
The infamous bully with the yellow eyes is a classic example of a neighborhood ruffian, terrorizing the smaller kids with his trash-talking minion by his side. While the wolf’s theme from Peter and the Wolf may not have literally played whenever our old antagonists appeared, it’s certainly close to the menacing theme song we imagined. Farkus makes Ralphie and his friends cry “Uncle,” stalks them on their walks home, and nails them in the face with snowballs, but just like many real-life bullies, he’s not above crying when he gets a taste of his own medicine.
As for girl bullying, as I wrote about previously, the movie “Easy A” shows what many girls experience as bullying, particularly in middle and high school. Bestonlinecolleges.com describes the bullying in this movie as:
Bullies come in all forms, and even people who feel like they’ve got good intentions can turn into tormenters. In Easy A, a girl lies about losing her virginity and an overzealous (student) named Marianne spreads the rumor and ruins the girl’s reputation. Though this character is a little over-the-top, she serves as a reminder that bullying someone because they don’t follow your religious beliefs is still bullying and there are better ways to save someone than trying to run them out of your school.
As I wrote about in my review of “The Fat Boy Chronicles”, sharing movies and stories about bullying are helpful in showing that others have experienced bullying in their lives and that no one is alone in having to deal with bullying. These movies and the ones on the list and not on the list help us to understand and sometimes see solutions to dealing with bullying. To view the other eight movies on the bestonlinecolleges.com list and their comments, you can go to http://www.bestonlinecolleges.com/blog/2012/the-10-most-believable-movie-bullies.