Not quite sure why viewers are so taken back by this film. As a mid-westerner I was a bit offended at how I saw these small town kids portrayed but, sadly it was pretty accurate. The film is chilling to its core. The filmmaking is great and the actors seemed fully committed to the material. American Bully is a study of how a teens political and social views can easily by influenced and how these views can motivate a cruel and hateful thought process which can perpetuate a hate crime. This film was brave and well done contrary to other reviews. It's not "Schindler's List" but, it's a well done independent and I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't supported it. This should have been a festival hit. Oh well, maybe next time.