Home Alone meets Big Fat Liar in the “fun, whimsical, and absolutely enjoyable”* How to Beat a Bully, on DVD April 5 from Indie Rights.
The new kid in town is forced to protect himself from schoolyard tyrants with a big fat lie – that his father is a hit man for the mob – in director Douglas Bilitch’s raucously entertaining comedy for all ages.
“Cleverly written” (IMDB) by Marilyn Anderson and Richard Rossner, How to Beat a Bully has received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval for families.
“We see this as a family film for kids from 8-years-old to about 14,” Rossner said in a recent interview. “But we wrote it with enough smart humor that adults stay interested and want to watch with their children… which is happening! Our hope is that an entertaining comedy can possibly open an important dialogue for parents and kids on the topic of bullying – and that is happening, too.”
“The film is recommended family-friendly viewing from the Dove Foundation for ages 12 and up, but it definitely appeals to younger kids and adults as well,” adds Anderson. “We’ve also found that Baby Boomers like it, particularly as a film to watch with their grandkids. Interestingly, there are characters in the film from 8 to 80-years-old, so we think it can appeal to them all. So many stories of bullying are sad or distressing, we wanted to create a film that could provide fun and laughs for all ages, yet still promote the message to stop bullying. Plus, the film delves into other issues that families may face, like the father losing his job and moving to a new town, the mom having to set up a new house and take care of her family, and the young son having to go to a new school, make new friends and face bullies. We feel it reflects lots of positive family values, but does it in a fun and funny way.”
Grant McLellan, Eric Lauritzen, Elise Angell, Pearce Joza, Micah Lyons and Vince DonVito partake in a side-splitting tale of comeuppance, How to Beat a Bully available on DVD at Walmart April 5.
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/k-uyzjs86Cg
How to Beat a Bully is about a 12-year-old boy who moves to a new town and gets picked on by school bullies. In order to protect himself, he fibs to the bullies that his dad is a hit man for the mob! When the rumor spreads to real mobsters, they think the dad is horning in on their territory. They capture the dad, and the boy and his friends have to save the day and his dad! The kids end up becoming town heroes and ultimately learn, “It’s better to be friends than bullies.”
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