A Girl Like Her

7.01 h 31 min201316+
Everybody's dream girl. One girl's nightmare. Based on a million true stories, a girl like her follows 16-year-old Jessica and her hidden camera that documents the merciless bullying handed down by Avery, the most popular girl in school.
Amy S. Weber
Hunter KingLexi AinsworthJimmy Bennett
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ChristinaReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2016
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Okay, although I'm a bonafide movie buyer and buff - I never write reviews as I've learned over the years that just because a movie gets 3 or 4 stars (or even 5 in some cases), it doesn't necessarily make them good. I couldn't help but leave a review for this movie. It just ended and I literally have tears in my eyes. This movie makes any adult feel like yanking every child aside and personally tying them to a chair making them watch this movie while hoping it has the same impact on them that it had on you. I must admit, I had a difficult time feeling sorry for the student that was actually doing the bullying. I'd really like to know what kind of legal consequences come with a situation like this (whether the victim lives or not) - if there aren't any, there most certainly should be. This movie was real, it was sad, it was powerful and made you love and want to strangle at the same time. Please watch it, teenagers should watch it.....it all starts with the parents. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
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Marion MustangReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
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I just watched this. This...this is the sort of film that should be shown in the classroom of every school. It should be mandatory at the beginning of the year for ALL freshmen. So that they can learn the consequences of bullying are dire. This movie is just...it has such an emotional impact. I was in tears. Kids these days sadly go past 'emotional and verbal bullying' now its almost always physical. not only that when it does get physical its usually a GANG of children physically beating on another child. I have heard so many stories ...and some worse then this one. This movie will make you cry. make you angry. make you very upset. and it should. because these situations happen far to frequently.
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EstellelightReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2021
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"... we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live" Morrison Bluest Eye
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Realistically shows why interactions between people fail to improve. I noticed that all the adults like in real life always try to justify evil done to others: "kids are mean to each other all the time", "there will always be bullies" "I didn't know they were being bullied" "it will get worse if you confront the bully or tell" "picking on others is part of adolescence", etc., etc., etc.
In a public/private school ALL the adults that watch the bullying and do not stop it are to BLAME.
In this film, the final nail in the coffin for Jessica is the videographer sympathizing with Avery as if she is a good person. HUH!
Do the writers think the viewers are so naive as to believe that after watching the bullying on camera that Avery would have a complete soft spot and change of heart? Stop it and use film to teach people and give people an opportunity to self-reflect about how one treats other people and how one goes along with mistreating people all the time. No person can complain about the world we live in, if we participate through silence when people are victimized by others.
It is not necessary to end films with hope if that is not reality.
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lastremnantReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016
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Powerful movie on bullying revealing both sides of how it can be like in middle/high school in today's world
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Powerful movie. It's the story of a bully and her victim. You get both sides. Although it is just a fictional movie filmed in documentary style it definitely feels real to life. Anyone who has been bullied or witnessed it can relate to the movie. There are a few parts that waver a bit but in all it's a perfect movie for a parent or teacher to watch and maybe even for middle or high schoolers to watch as well (maybe during a class). This isn't an after school special. It's not some cheesy/glossed over lightly done take on the issue. That is not to say that it has anything R-rated, gruesome or grotesque or large violent scene in it. Not at all. At least not visually. It's all emotionally, the little by little, the very real harassment and gradual decline of a bullying situation. It's probably the best movie to be made on bullying (as of yet) and so I highly recommend it for those who want to understand a bit better what teens go through (and what drives some of them to suicide). You will feel the emotion of it by the end of the movie.
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Neuter and SpayReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must for middle and high schoolers
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I watched this movie on my Apple TV. It is set up like a documentary and does a wonderful job of making it realistic. Without giving away too much of the movie, it is about bullying. What I really liked about this movie is that it gives a perspective from both sides. After the bully sees what she looks like when tormenting the victim, she cries. I work with a lot of teenagers and I ordered this movie to share it with them. Bullying is so rampant in all of our schools that anything to prevent It is worth the effort. While many schools have a zero tolerance policy, many of these incidents are not reported due to fear on the victim side. What would the bully or do to them if they were reported. Many times teachers know what's going on but are afraid to intervene for the same reason. They are afraid of what would be done to the victim. We have got to stop letting these children run the schools. Well zero tolerance is a novel idea, maybe a one warning would be more realistic. Of course the bully is pretty and popular and has several friends surrounding her at all times. Whereas the victim, has one friend. Another realistic spin on this is that the bully and the victim were friends for many years before the drama of high school started. This movie have my attention from the very beginning to the very end. You will need tissues.
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synchromorphReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's not only children
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That's about all I can write since these days, most people seem to have an allergic reaction to the truth which causes them to bully the speaker/revealer of said truth. Most people don't even realize they are bullies, and I'm tired of being the recipient of it. Even just stating my IQ is enough to trigger bullying or mobbing. It makes me a threat just as the truth makes me a threat, and people automatically and unconsciously attack when they feel threatened. When people don't understand something, they tend to either ignore or attack, but either way, they turn to their assumptions, they turn to what they think they know as the truth. Contrary to popular belief, the game of Pick on the Smart Kid doesn't end with school and becomes even worse in adulthood, and adults can do far more damage than children, but nobody cares about adults - the world revolves around children. There is about ten times the amount of information about gifted children than there is about gifted adults, yet it's not like once a gifted child becomes an adult, they suddenly become normal. People assume there's help, in fact, people assume that a genius doesn't need help. Both of these beliefs are false. They believe that professionals actually know what they're doing and aren't bullies themselves. Both of those beliefs are also false. I remember watching Oprah or something where a gifted child's mother and father were saying they didn't understand why their gifted child committed suicide. I do. I understand why my brother did. They'll say "Why didn't you tell us" or "If only we had known" after the fact when the truth is the person did and they didn't listen or if the person had, they wouldn't have listened. Similarly, people can watch something like this and have the same basic belief and care so much about this fictional character or even a story about a real person, but in real life, they really don't care at all but like to fool themselves into thinking they would as some sort of ego defense i.e. "I'm a good person." In truth, they may not really be such a good person at all, but one of the bullies or have selective bullying where they play favorites, and they would do this unconsciously, which is how ego defenses and such tend to work.
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2021
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I am 75 and the administrator hates me. His bullying has gone on for 13 years.
Another woman older than me started bullying me right away. She is dead now but, currently, another woman has taken her place.
Yes, even though I have had therapy my whole adult life (my parents and esp my sister bullied me and wouldn't let me get help earlier), until I was able to get away from them. But I just pick up a new bully.
I have lived in Michigan my whole life and Henry Ford Hospital is one of my go-to places. Thank you Pure Michigan for a good movie.

When I went to school we didn't have social media so bullying has become more hidden and more vicious. Teachers could stop a boy beating up another boy, they can't stop a boy from texting. We didn't have texting and most children being bullied ran away or took it like did. I never had any friends and the other girls bullied me. I was one of the many who stuck it out and clung to music and my fantasy world to get away. Today's fantasy world is video games and well-written sci-fi books.

It is interesting that neither the bully nor the bullied felt they had any friends or family to turn to. And, yes, the bullied did have a chance but turned it down.

Don't bother going to the URL listed in the movie, they have shut down the aftermath. And the ending is, basically, unrealistic.

I agree that every school should show this movie but the bully would never get that it is about him/her.

Watch it anyway. The acting is wonderful and not stiff. The filming technique is unique. The story is well-written. You can get the popcorn, if you like it soggy. And parents and teens should definingly watch it together. And it should be a must for the Board of Education! It is 2021 and it will still go on in every school.
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Maggie PierReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heart-wrenchingly real feeling
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This film definitely should be shown to every middle schooler in America. Those are the years most kids will tell you they are miserable, being in a building for 7 hours every day with 200 other hormonally thrashed from one moment to the next. They're completely out of control-of their bodies and the changes, with the feelings they have of not being a 'kid' any more yet not quite a teen, and the parents largely are just as challenged. Pre-teens turn into someone you no longer know, and you have to accept that and learn with them the changes they are going through.
My daughter was bullied relentlessly in the 7th grade by a group of girls who were a powerful clique. She was in with them through most of elementary school and 6th grade but she didn't develop as quickly as the other girls and in 7th grade the bullying began.
We had to take her out of school completely. The school did absolutely nothing, except to move my daughters status from in school to 'hospital' school so she stayed home and a teacher came twice a week to give her all the work and help her with it for two hours a week.
Didn't go well at all. Therapy helped and it took 3 years of intense therapy before she was ready to come back and attend school again. She was doing well, made new friends and was making great grades. She dropped out of all her AP and honors classes to avoid being in classrooms with her bullies. They didn't change. They didn't have to move their lives around so they could attend classes. My daughter moved from an honors classes, third in her freshman class GPA to classes she could sleep through and complete.
Her life changed, our lives changed. She's better. But it is still a challenge. She ran out of Target this summer while we were shopping when she saw the chief bully there.
People need to listen to their children. They have to realize that bullying is not "something that just happens in school", "we all got through it", "it's not a big deal." People die, and if they live through it and finally escape school they are still scarred if the bullying is enough.
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